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Rebuilding lives: domestic abuse funding to support hundreds across Sussex

Released: Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Victims of domestic abuse across Sussex are set to receive greater support after Adur & Worthing Councils secured a government grant of more than £400,000.

The funding, which cover the next two years, will see the Councils work with other local authorities and charity Safe in Sussex to ensure no survivor of domestic abuse is turned away from the support they need to start their new life.

Central to the work will be a county wide outreach service to support those in need, particularly in rural areas. A specialist worker will also be hired to increase access to support for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women.

It will also pay for additional experienced staff in a refuge meaning more victims can receive practical and emotional support in a safe place as they rebuild a life free from abuse.

Councillor David Simmons, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“Domestic abuse is an evil across our communities, and this funding is a national acknowledgement that more needs to be done to support victims and help them rebuild shattered lives. Through our community safety partnership, we will do our best to make this money count in continuing to tackle domestic abuse at grassroots level.”

Councillor Val Turner, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“Our excellent community safety staff have a brilliant track record in securing funding to provide a safety net for people across our communities. Domestic abuse is a devastating crime which has no borders so I'm delighted that we can work with partners across Sussex to deliver these innovative new services in the coming years.”

The Sussex wide scheme is one of 60 projects in England which will be supported by government funding over the next two years.

Ministers say the £22 million pot will ensure thousands of survivors have access to the help they need, when they need it.

Housing Minister, Heather Wheeler MP, said:

“Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, which shatters the lives of survivors and their families. It is our duty to ensure survivors can seek help by providing the support they need to restart their lives.”

“Through providing specialist accommodation and access to employment, this fund will make sure local authorities and charities can provide a strong safety net for anyone facing the threat of abuse in their own home.”

See also: Domestic Abuse Fund - on the GOV.UK website


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