Burton’s MP, Andrew Griffiths welcomed the Government announcement last week that £20 million was being set aside to ensure the future of women’s refuges centres. These centres are essential in offering a safe haven for women experiencing domestic abuse, and will now be able to access the additional funding from the Government.
Speaking after the announcement Mr Griffiths said: “This is really good news from the Government. In an ideal world these centres would not be needed, but they have been shown to be a vital lifeline. They provide a safe environment for victims of domestic abuse when they may feel they have nowhere to turn. The £20 million will help these centres continue to work closely with victims to rebuild their lives.”
The news comes just a month after the Prime Minister announced that the women’s refuge centres would be exempt from changes to the housing benefit cap and the Government also developing a new strategy to help end domestic violence.
Announcing the additional funding, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Domestic abuse knows no barriers. It can happen to anyone of us, at any time. Our £20 million fund is designed to increase refuge spaces and ensure that no victim is ever turned away from the essential support they need.”