Refuge welcomes news of £20 million funding to address domestic violence


Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, says:

“Refuge welcomes the news, revealed by Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of this afternoon’s budget, that £20 million will be made available to address domestic violence and abuse. Theresa May has been a champion for victims of domestic violence for many years, first as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister; on International Women’s Day, it is fantastic to see once again her commitment to tackling a horrendous crime that kills two women every single week.

“Over the last few years, specialist domestic violence services across the country have experienced severe funding cuts. In some local authority areas, refuges have been totally lost. Today’s announcement shows the Government is listening to what the women and children Refuge supports really need. Refuge hopes that the Government will develop a sustainable funding strategy for refuge provision. Only then will women and children be able to access the safety and support they deserve.

“As the country’s largest provider of specialist domestic violence services, Refuge looks forward to working with the Government to ensure all its plans to support survivors of abuse – including the proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Act – have the needs of women and children front and centre.”

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