£2.6million funding boost to combat domestic abuse in Devon

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby sporting a Domestic Abuse Heart

North Devon MP Selaine Saxby sporting a Domestic Abuse Heart - Credit: Selaine Saxby MP

Domestic abuse victims and their children living in Devon will be able to receive more support thanks to £2.6million of extra government funding. 

The funding will help victims and their children access life-saving support including advocacy, counselling and therapy in safe locations such as refuges or specialist safe accommodation, where victims and their children can go to get away from their abusers. 

Councils in Devon will receive the most in the South West with £2.6million. Councils across England will receive £125million in total, including £11.2million for the South West. 

Under a new duty, which was a key Conservative manifesto commitment at the last election, councils will be required to provide support to domestic abuse victims and their children within safe accommodation services, where needs have been identified. 

It will come into force later this year with the passage of the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, with funding announced in advance so local authorities know how much they will receive for these vital services and can begin to plan. 


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This funding is part of a wider package of support for victims of rape and domestic abuse, with a £40million funding boost for victim support services announced on 1 February 2021. 

It builds on the £76million pledged in May 2020 to ensure vital services including refuges, helplines and counselling remain accessible throughout the pandemic. 

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In January 2021 the government also launched the ‘Ask for ANI’ codeword scheme, which provides victims of domestic abuse access to immediate help from the police or other support services from their local pharmacy. 

The government says it is determined to support vulnerable people throughout the pandemic and is working closely with councils, charities and other partners to ensure they get the support they need. 

Commenting, Selaine Saxby MP for North Devon, said: “On top of the £1.4 million for Devon County Council, North Devon have been allocated an additional £32,638, which will be used to help anyone who needs access to safe accommodation and the support services they need to recover and rebuild their lives. 

“Domestic abuse ruins lives, which is why this Government’s commitment to empowering and protecting victims is so important.” 

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