Northamptonshire domestic abuse refuge services receive Government cash boost

Published: Thursday, 05 March 2020

A multi-agency partnership has successfully bid for over half a million pounds of Government funding to help survivors of domestic abuse in Northamptonshire find secure accommodation and refuge.

Northamptonshire has been awarded £510,862 for next financial year, with £486,862 to fund specialist support staff and £24,000 to safely house victims who have no recourse to public funds.

Northamptonshire is one of 75 local authorities across the country to receive a slice of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s £16.6 million Domestic Abuse Fund, designated to create a ‘safe accommodation pathway’ for victims who would otherwise have no support.

Northampton Borough Council, which submitted the bid working closely with the voluntary sector, will continue to work in partnership with Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS), Eve, Northamptonshire County Council, and the six other Borough, District Councils in the county.

Alongside this programme, there is also an aspiration for local authorities and registered providers within the county to sign up to an agreement that will ensure that the sanctuary and target hardening scheme is sustainable.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime which shatters the lives of over two million survivors and their families every year.

“This funding will enable victims and their children to stay safe, recover from the trauma, and access safe permanent rehousing where needed.

“The project will provide a range of safe accommodation options and a managed safe accommodation pathway, focused on tenancy sustainment and the prevention of homelessness, whilst making optimal use of the county’s network of refuges, and is focused on early intervention.

“Many councils are already providing tailored support to those in need, but this move will bring an end to the postcode lottery of support for those fleeing abusive relationships.”

Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, said: “Domestic abuse destroys lives and leaves victims living in fear in their own homes – the place where they should feel most safe and secure.

“No victim of domestic abuse should have to struggle to get the right support or wait months for help that they need.

“This new funding of £16.6 million will help local areas better protect victims and their children and provide essential, life-saving services delivering the urgent support that they need to rebuild their lives.”

Councillor Sandra Naden-Horley, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for corporate and community services, said: “I’m very pleased this funding bid has been successful.

“It’s vital that people affected by domestic abuse can get the help they need to recover and rebuild their lives and this funding will see more support available for victims who otherwise would have no support, bolstering the work already being done in this area.”