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3.5m awarded to make sure domestic abuse victims get the help they need - 11/12/15
Hull City Council has today (Friday 11 December) been given a share of a £3.5m government grant to make sure that victims of domestic abuse get access to the support they need.

The £100,000 funding will allow Hull City Council to work in partnership with Preston Road Women's Centre to Increase the support available to victims of domestic abuse.

Hull City Council is one of 46 local authorities across the county getting a share of the fund. This will mean that there will now be 710 new bed spaces in a range of safe accommodation providing shelter to victims of domestic abuse across the country.

With successful bids from every corner of England - from Plymouth to Gateshead -the extra money will also mean that a range of services will now be offered to victims across the country.

Successful bids range from specialist domestic abuse refuges for young women aged 16-25 to specialist training for domestic abuse advisors to cater for the specific needs of Britain's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

This funding boost in 2015/16 is in addition to the newly secured funding of £40million over the next four years to support victims of domestic violence, announced as part of the Spending Review.

Communities Minister Baroness Williams, who with Home Office Minister Karen Bradley, has already led a review of services working with women's domestic abuse charities, local authorities and other local service providers to gain a much clearer understanding of the range of challenges victims and services are facing.

Baroness Williams, said:

""Domestic abuse is an appalling crime that shatters lives and this Government is determined to ensure that no victim is turned away from the support they need.

""This new funding will help Hull City Council and specialist charities provide a strong safety net for anyone facing the threat of abuse in their own home.""

""In the Spending Round we have also secured an additional £40m over the next four years - to make sure that victims can access support wherever they are from, anywhere in the country.

""We'll set out how this money will be used for victims and areas that most need it with the publishing of the new Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.""

Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Communities, said:

""We very much welcome this funding, it will play an important role in supporting victims of domestic abuse.

""No-one should experience any form of abuse and would urge anyone to access support they need.""

The funding will help local authorities develop a number of different innovative services.

The councils receiving funding today for innovative projects include:

  • Barking and Dagenham who will build on the established foster care process to recruit local residents to provide short term, safe accommodation in their homes to victims fleeing domestic abuse.

  • Birmingham who will open a domestic abuse refuge for young women aged 16-25 and especially young mothers. The refuge staff will respond to the unique experiences and needs of individual young women to help prevent return to the abuser - something highly prevalent in this age group.

  • Newcastle who will provide a better service for mothers and their children - focusing on improving their mental health through counselling sessions and establishing peer support networks to maintain their recovery.

  • Oldham who will increase the number of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors who help survivors of domestic abuse who are at high risk of further abuse but are living in the community. This will include specialist training to help meet the needs of victims from Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

  • Portsmouth and the surrounding area who will help victims rebuild their lives quicker, through employing additional staff providing workshops on everything from budgeting to mental health, and extensive training for staff in local authority housingdepartments and Registered Providers alongside a rent deposits bond scheme which lends victims money to help them secure new homes.

    Also announced at the Summer Budget was a review of the full range of services currently available to victims of domestic abuse.

    Its findings fed into the Spending Review and will inform an updated Violence Against Women and Girls strategy to ensure that victims of domestic violence and their families have access to the support and services they need to keep safe.

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