Women’s Aid welcomes new £20 million fund for refuges
3rd November 2016
Polly Neate, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“It is fantastic news that this funding is being provided for refuges, and also that the government is committed to working with us on a long-term solution. The government has clearly listened to Women’s Aid – in particular, our Give Me Shelter campaign in partnership with The Sun – and the voices of local specialist services and the survivors of domestic abuse who they support. Refuges save lives. It’s as simple as that. The government is sending out a clear message: refuges play an important role in the response to domestic abuse, and they must be protected. We must now hope that local commissioners listen.
“In particular, we are delighted to see the government make clear that commissioners must allow refuges to accept women and children fleeing from any part of the country; they can’t keep these services for local women only. This is essential: if women cannot flee across local authority boundaries, their lives can be at risk. The government has also stated that refuges are a specialist services, not just a bed for the night. Again, this message is most welcome. This fund is a huge step in the right direction, and we look forward to working closely with Government to ensure that no woman is turned away – either now or in the future.”