New funding for domestic abuse victims

A total of £125 million has been allocated to councils across England to support domestic abuse victims and their children.

East Sussex County Council will receive £1,069,272 whilst Wealden District Council will benefit from an additional £32,355.

This new funding is part of the Government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill and package of comprehensive support for victims.

Getting them to safety 

The money will help ensure that victims of domestic abuse and their children have access to life-saving support in safe accommodation, including advocacy, counselling, and therapy in safe locations away from their abusers.

Under a new duty, local authorities will be required to provide support to domestic abuse victims and their children within safe accommodation services, where needs have been identified. It will come into force later this year with the passage of the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, with funding announced in advance so that local authorities know how much they will receive for these vital services and can begin to plan.

Wider package 

This funding is part of a wider package of support for victims of rape and domestic abuse, with a £40 million funding boost for victim support services announced on 1 February 2021, building on the unprecedented £76 million pledged in May 2020 to ensure vital services including refuges, helplines and counselling remain accessible throughout the pandemic.

Additionally, the ‘Ask for ANI’ codeword scheme has launched last month, which allows those at risk or suffering from abuse in the local area to discreetly use a recognised codeword to signal that they need help and access support from the police or other support services from their local pharmacy.