The government has announced a new £80 million fund to help frontline services tackle domestic violence.
According to Home Secretary Theresa May, the money will be used to boost services available to victims, including refuges and crisis centres, and also fund development of new approaches to the issue. However, as the money forms part of the government’s newly published Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, it is unclear whether the money will also made available to services working with male victims.
The long-serving MP for Maidenhead in Berkshire explained:
“As the true scale of these crimes is revealed we need to strengthen our work to change attitudes, improve prevention and where possible rehabilitate offenders to stop reoffending.”
“By allowing women to disclose violence as part of their everyday interactions we can support earlier identification and intervention to stop violence and abuse from escalating to critical levels.”
The government would, she insisted, “drive a real transformation of service provision, providing support to local commissioners so that all areas rise to the level of the best.”
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