- Torbay Council to receive £308,541 to help fund a new duty to ensure victims and their children are able to access life-saving support in safe accommodation.
- 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.
Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster has welcomed today’s (Friday 12th February 2021) announcement Torbay Council will receive £308,541 of Government funding to provide additional support for victims of domestic abuse and their children from April 2021.
The extra funding 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.
Under the duty 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, Kevin Foster MP said:
“Home should be a place of love and comfort, but for too many in our bay it is a place of fear and abuse. It can take a lot of courage to leave an exploitative or abusive relationship and when someone does it is important they know support will be there for them. I therefore welcome this package.”