£20 million to support victims of domestic abuse

The government is set to launch a new £20 million fund to support victims of domestic abuse, helping to provide accommodation, employment and skills training.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid claims the funding will mean that ‘no victim is turned away’ from essential support, with local authorities encouraged to bid for a share of the money, which is the first part of an overall £40 million investment package.

The funding is part of the government's wider £80 million Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, with the first wave of £20 million available only for local areas which are collaborating with other councils and external domestic violence services, because ‘domestic abuse cannot be addressed by one agency alone’.

In a statement announcing the plans, Javid said: "Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, at any time, which is why our £20 million fund is designed to ensure no victim is turned away from the essential support they need.

"It will address the needs of diverse and isolated communities and boost refuge spaces, as part of a country that works for everyone and not just the privileged few".

The fund is open to applications from local authorities until the 2 December.