Over 100 charities across England will receive and additional £8.1 million in Government funding to provide services to victims of domestic abuse, which has been exasperated during the lockdown. The funding is designed to support charities who provide accommodation services and refuges for vulnerable families.
The aim of the fund is to provide an additional 1500 bed spaces and ensure the charities can continue to deliver their critical and life-saving work. Additional funding is required by these charities as the need for support for domestic abuse victims has increased considerably during the lockdown. Donations to domestic abuse support charities have also decreased within the same time period, as people have curtailed spending on non-essentials, and like many, they are facing a black hole in their accounts – risking the important work they carry out every day.
The funding forms part of the £10 million being made by the Government to tackle domestic abuse during the pandemic, and the second round of funding for the remainder is now available for charities to apply for. In addition to this, this Government has also announced a range of measures to support victims of domestic abuse and their children.
The funding follows on from the virtual Hidden Harms Summit (Link), which was held by the Prime Minister in response to tackling challenges faced by domestic abuse victims during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the actions announced include:
- £16 million to domestic abuse charities to fund over 75 refuge projects
- £25 million to support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the community
- An additional £3 million to support Independent Sexual Violence Advisers until 2022
- A new Twitter campaign with the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone to publicise support services available through the National Domestic Abuse Helpline number – 0808 2000 247.
The move has been welcomed by domestic abuse charities and campaigners with Nicole Jacobs, Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner saying:
“This is excellent news for all those safe accommodation charities who are working so hard to keep to vital services open and running and provide support to survivors of domestic abuse and their children during the pandemic.”