George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle, has today welcomed new funding to help ensure domestic abuse victims and their children are able to access life-saving support in safe accommodation.
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.
This new £1.74 million sum for Cornwall is part of a total of £125 million that councils across England will receive. 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.
Following the announcement, George commented,
“Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that ruins lives, which is why the Government is committed to empowering and protecting victims of this crime. This new funding for Cornwall will ensure that anyone impacted by domestic abuses has access to safe accommodation and the support services needed to rebuild their lives.”
Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing Eddie Hughes added:
“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.”