Rachel has welcomed more than £1 million in Government funding to provide support for victims of domestic abuse and their children in Worcestershire.

The Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Eddie Hughes, announced £125 million in funding today (February 12th) to support a new duty on councils to ensure victims and their children are able to access life-saving support in safe accommodation – a key part of the Government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill.

The duty will come into effect later this year, subject to the Domestic Abuse Bill becoming law.

From the funding announced today, Worcestershire County Council has been awarded £1,092,703 which will be used to help ensure victims and their children who need it are able to access life-saving support such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges.

This funding follows the £25 million allocated to local charities across England and Wales last year which support victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, as well as £3 million to recruit more Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs).

The Sandycroft Centre in Redditch was one of the charities to benefit from this funding. In total the Sandycroft was awarded £51,963.

In welcoming today’s announcement, Rachel said:

“Domestic abuse is a heinous crime, one which leaves a significant impact not only on its victims, but also their loved ones, and in this Government’s continued efforts to tackle this issue, we want to protect and empower victims and survivors in rebuilding their lives.

“This funding will help ensure victims and their children in Redditch can access vital support such as therapy and advocacy in safe accommodation, placing a new duty on councils as a key part of our landmark Domestic Abuse Bill.

“It’s also important to remember the vital and important work of charities who support victims of domestic abuse. Having visited the Sandycroft Centre I have heard for myself the vital work the centre does in providing care for domestic abuse survivors. It’s a lifeline for so many people and I thank them for everything they do to support domestic abuse survivors.”