Austin Macauley 25 August 2015

Councils urged to bid for £3m domestic abuse fund

A new £3m fund has been launched offering local authorities the chance to bid for around £100,000 each to support victims of domestic abuse.

The funding, which was announced in July's budget, is designed to plug gaps in provision of specialist services and to make them more accessible.

Bids will be assessed on 'how they will support innovative and cost effective proposals to deliver accommodation based services for victims of abuse', said the DCLG.

New ways to develop local strategies on tackling domestic abuse and create sustainable and long-term approaches to supporting victims will also be key.

Communities minister Baroness Williams of Trafford said: 'Accommodation based services with specialist support play an essential role in the resolution of violence and conflict, ensuring that adult and child victims are afforded the safety and security they need.

'We recognise that not all victims will have the same needs and the fund will also be looking to support further innovative approaches to enable victims to access the support they need.'

Councils have until October 1 to submit their bids.

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