Refuge responds to the Government’s announcement of a £10 million fund for women’s refuges

Yesterday, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Government announced the creation of a £10 million fund to support women’s refuges in 100 areas across England. Alongside the announcement, Community Secretary Eric Pickles also wrote to councils across England to remind them of their legal duty to house women and children who are facing homelessness as a result of violence and abuse.

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of national domestic violence charity Refuge says:

Sandra Horley CORRECT HEADSHOT 2014“I am pleased that the Government is taking steps to address the chronic shortage of funding for women’s refuges. Over the last few years local funding for these vital services has been stripped to the bone. However, £10 million is just a drop in the ocean when we consider the scale of the problem. Local authorities are facing a tsunami of funding cuts – this pot of money may plug some of the gaps for now but what will happen when it runs out in 2016? There have never been enough refuge spaces in this country – finding a bed space in a refuge is like finding gold dust. The Government urgently needs to find a more sustainable solution. It needs to put funding for refuges on a national footing. Domestic violence is a national problem – it needs a national response.”

Read full details of the Government’s announcement here.