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£15 million funding boost for women who are victims of violence

Date:19 DEC 2022
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Millions of pounds are being allocated to tackle violence against women and girls (VAWG), the Home Secretary has announced on 25 November.

 

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Measures announced include:

  • £8.4 million to support victims of violence against women and girls
  • targeted funding for the most vulnerable communities
  • up to £7.5 million for domestic abuse interventions in healthcare settings
  • funding for rapid spiking tests to build police intelligence

£8.4 million is being awarded to funding specialist support services for the most vulnerable. The majority of the money will go to services which are led, designed and delivered by the users and communities they serve, such as services for victims and survivors from ethnic minority backgrounds, deaf and disabled victims and survivors, and LGBT victims and survivors. Victims will benefit from trauma-informed support which could range from counselling to refuge accommodation.

In addition, in recognition of the important role healthcare workers play in identifying domestic abuse and signposting victims to support, the government is also investing up to £7.5 million of funding for domestic abuse interventions in healthcare settings. This funding will aim to equip more healthcare professionals with the right tools to be able to better identify and respond to domestic abuse, and improve referral pathways for victims to access support services.

The announcement comes on the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, which the Home Secretary marked on 24 November with a visit to Refuge, to see first-hand the support needed for domestic abuse and sexual assault victims to rebuild their lives.

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