Wednesday, March 3, 2021

North Lincolnshire awarded extra cash to help domestic abuse victims

The Government is boosting services that help victims of domestic abuse in North Lincolnshire with new funding.

The council will use the funding – a share of £125m allocated to local authorities across the country – to provide life-saving support for victims and their children in safe accommodation.

This will involve providing services such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges.

The money will also fund a new duty on councils to ensure victims and their children are able to access life-saving support in safe accommodation, part of the Government’s forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, welcomed news of the funding: “This money will ensure victims of domestic abuse and their children are able to access even more support and assistance. We know accessing safe accommodation is a crucial step in supporting them to recover and rebuild their lives.

“It is part of our ongoing commitment to keeping every member of our community safe and well and prioritising the most vulnerable. The latest Government cash is designed to help us achieve that and I welcome this extra Government investment in this area.”

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children and families, said: “Tackling domestic abuse with partners remains one of our top priorities. Recent restrictions and the lockdown have made the need for safe accommodation for victims even more important – this money will help us enhance the existing service which we know is vital.”

Announcing the funding, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Eddie Hughes MP, said: “Domestic abuse is a heinous crime which threatens the lives of victims in their own homes where they should feel safe.

“So it’s right that we’re giving victims support in safe accommodation and providing councils with money to deliver essential services that will help them and their children rebuild their lives.”

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