Laura Sharman 17 February 2017

Services for domestic abuse victims gets £20m funding boost

Services for domestic abuse victims gets £20m funding boost image

Projects across the country are to receive a share of £20m to support victims of domestic abuse, creating more than 2,200 new bed spaces in refuges.

The funding will be shared by 76 projects that have committed to working across local authority boundaries and with other partners to improve domestic violence services.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said: ‘Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that all too often remains hidden. That’s why we’re determined that no victim will be turned away from the help they need, at the time they need it. ‘This significant investment shows our clear commitment to supporting and strengthening a resilient network of refuge services across the country, with further specialist support to help victims go on to rebuild their lives.’

As well as providing safe accommodation, the funding will also be used to provide further access to education, employment and life skills training.

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