A new £3.2 million fund for the support of domestic violence victims has been launched by the government.
Local authorities can now bid for a share of the money, originally announced in July’s budget, to help fund shelters and support services for victims in their areas. The new money following the announcement of £10 million earlier in the year.
Authorities interested in the extra money will have to submit cost-effective proposals for innovative “accommodation-based” and support services aimed at victims of intimate partner violence. They will also need to set out plans to develop local anti-domestic violence strategies.
Baroness Williams of Trafford is the current Communities Minister. She said:
“Domestic violence and abuse is a devastating crime that shatters the lives of victims and families, and this government is committed to ensuring that we have a strong safety net for anyone who finds themselves in a situation where they are forced to leave their home.”
A further £131,000 has also been announced to hire additional staff for UKRefugesOnline, a national database of services for domestic violence victims.