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Govt Announces £10m Fund To Combat Domestic Violence

Women's Refuges To Receive Extra Funding


The government has pledged a £10m fund that will support women's refuges in 100 areas across England, as part of a global campaign against domestic violence.

Announced on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the fund will be made available over 2014 and 2015, and will build upon previous efforts to increase funding to local support services and helplines.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has also written to all of England's councils reminding them of their legal duty to house women and children who have been forced out of their homes due to violence.

According to government figures, conviction rates for domestic violence are at their highest ever level, with 74.6% of all cases reaching successful outcomes.

"Specialist refuges can mean the difference between life and death for some victims of domestic abuse, and today’s £10 million funding will help councils maintain this vital national network and ensure support is provided wherever it is needed," said Mr Pickles.

Expert Opinion
Our work on behalf of victims of abuse of all ages means we have seen the lasting physical and psychological trauma which they endure, with many needing long-term counselling and support in order to get the best from life.

"This funding is an important step towards providing people affected by such problems with the help they need as soon as possible, not only protecting them from harm but also giving them further support as they look to move on from what they have faced."
Tracey Storey, Partner

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