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£20 million to combat domestic violence and support victims
The Chancellor of the Exchequer in his latest budget announced that £20 million will be available for domestic violence support organisations who campaign to end domestic abuse and victims. A full list of the funding allocations can be found here.
Total funding by 2020 is to reach £100 million in the implementation of the government’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.
Domestic violence services have suffered major cutbacks over the last couple of years so this is a welcome change. Women’s Aid reported last year that since 2010 17% of refuges had been closed.
This meant that in some local authority areas there were no refuges at all or women were turned away because the remaining refuges were overcrowded leaving women with no choice but to return home. On an average day 103 children and 155 women are turned away from refuges.
Tozers are a leading firm in providing family legal services to victims of domestic abuse. They aim to provide support for anyone who has suffered domestic abuse at the hands of controlling, coercive and/or abusive partners. Sarah Miller based at the Newton Abbot office is a specialist in this field and runs DART the Domestic Abuse Response team.
If you or someone you know has suffered abuse in a domestic environment please contact us to discuss the matter in strict confidence.