Women’s Aid welcome government funding for domestic abuse services
Monday 12th November 2018
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“The funding announced for refuges and other accommodation for women escaping domestic abuse today is desperately needed, and much welcomed. This is the last allocation of the emergency funding secured by Women’s Aid’s SOS campaign from 2014-2020, delivered in recognition of the significant budget reductions and closures these life-saving services have faced during the past decade. We are also bound to see a potential rise in demand for these services, following the increased awareness created by the upcoming domestic abuse bill.
Applications for a share of this fund were extremely high, and we know that there are life-saving services across England who may be disappointed today. With the funding for rent in refuges now secure, a sustainable funding system for the support they deliver to survivors and their children is more urgent than ever. The ‘post-code lottery’ of funding for these life-saving services must end, and replaced with a secure, long-term funding system that delivers national assurance that no woman is turned away from the support she needs.
The domestic abuse bill presents many opportunities for us to respond to domestic abuse in a more effective way for survivors, but this will only be possible if we have a sustainable funding solution for all domestic abuse services, including our national network of 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.”
For further information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office on:
[email protected] / 020 7566 2511