The government releases next round of funding to support survivors of domestic abuse


Monday 2nd July 2018


Today, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government announced the release of the next round of funding to support survivors of domestic abuse, as part of the government’s Domestic Abuse Fund.

Local councils in partnership with charities and other organisations will be able to bid for a share of the £18.8 million funding to provide a range of services to help survivors rebuild their lives.

This funding is part of the government’s Domestic Abuse Fund,  a commitment of £40 million to support survivors of domestic abuse between 2016-2020, which was won off the back of Women’s Aid’s SOS campaign.

Women’s Aid’s SOS campaign has been highlighting the funding crisis refuges have been facing since 2014, and has resulted in an additional £52 million of funding for vital domestic abuse services.

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:

“The release of the next round of funding for refuges and other accommodation for women escaping domestic abuse is desperately needed, and much welcomed. We are pleased that the government has listened to our SOS campaign and committed much-needed funding for domestic abuse support services. Our national network of refuges not only save lives but transform them, helping women and their children to rebuild their lives.

“With a decision about the future of refuge funding after 2020 due to be made in the coming months, we look forward to working with the government to ensure the future safety of survivors.

“Together we need to ensure that there is a sustainable, long-term funding solution for all domestic abuse services, including lifesaving refuges. Only then can we guarantee that every survivor and her children can get the support they need to build a life free from domestic abuse.”


Read the government’s press release online here.


If you are worried about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit


For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511  / [email protected]

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