- Lancashire County Council to receive £2,493,526 to help fund a new duty to ensure victims and their children are able to access life-saving support in safe accommodation.
- Burnley Borough Council to receive £31,778 to help work with LCC to provide additional support.
- A total of £125 million has been allocated to councils across England to support domestic abuse victims and their children.
- This new funding is part of the Conservative Government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill and package of comprehensive support for victims.
Domestic abuse victims and their children living in Burnley and Padiham will be able to receive more support thanks to extra Government funding.
The extra money will help victims and their children access life-saving support in safe accommodation, including advocacy, counselling, and therapy in safe locations such as refuges or specialist safe accommodation, where victims and their children can go to get away from their abusers.
In total, councils across England will receive £125 million with Lancashire County Council, who is responsible receiving £2,493,526 and Burnley Council allocated £31,778 to provide additional support.
Under a new duty, which was a key Conservative manifesto commitment at the last election, councils 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 local authorities know how much they will receive for these vital services and can begin to plan.
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.
In January 2021, the Conservative Government also launched the ‘Ask for ANI’ codeword scheme, which provides victims of domestic abuse access to immediate help from the police or other support services from their local pharmacy.
The Government is determined to support vulnerable people throughout the pandemic, and is working closely with councils, charities and other partners to ensure they get the support they need.
Commenting, Antony Higginbotham MP said:
Domestic abuse ruins lives and we’re doing all that we can to put a stop to it. Last year I voted to strengthen the protections for victims and tackle perpetrators by ensuring they face the full force of the law.
In January we introduced the Ask for ANI’ codeword scheme to provide access to immediate help from the police through local pharmacies.
And today’s announcement of extra funding to provide access to safe accommodation is another big step towards helping break the cycle of this terrible crime. Domestic abuse should never be tolerated.
Also commenting, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes 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.
This is part of a long-term strategy to provide broader support for domestic abuse victims both in safe accommodation like refuges and in their homes.