George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has welcomed the news that £16.6 million of funding has been made available to help fund domestic abuse refuge services.
The funding which will support 75 projects across England will help up to 43,000 survivors have access to the help they need as they move towards a safe future free from domestic abuse. Cornwall Council itself has been allocated £194,600 will boost its work in providing essential, life-saving support in safe housing for survivors of domestic abuse and their children.
In addition, the Domestic Abuse Bill being reintroduced to the House shortly will bring about the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical abuse. The Bill will also establish a new Domestic Abuse Commissioner and prohibit the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts. This action will help more people understand domestic abuse and ensure those that need support can access it, whilst staying safe and protected from future abuse.
George commented, "Domestic abuse destroys lives and leaves victims living in fear in their own homes - the place where they should feel most safe and secure. The new funding for Cornwall will help to better protect victims and their children, providing access to the essential services that they require."