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Rebuilding lives after domestic abuse: Funds approved to support survivors across West Sussex

Released: Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Rebuilding lives after domestic abuse: Funds approved to support survivors across West Sussex

More support staff to help survivors of domestic abuse are to be hired after Adur & Worthing Councils successfully appealed for £400,000 in funding from central government.

Expert workers will be on hand in refuges and safe spaces across West Sussex to help survivors rebuild their lives by offering practical and emotional support.

Councillors welcomed the funding at a meeting of Adur & Worthing Councils’ Joint Strategic Committee, held on Tuesday 5th March.

Central government recognises that domestic abuse is a major issue. One in four women will experience domestic violence at some point in their lifetime, and it continues to be one of the highest volume types of crime nationally.

The Sussex scheme is one of 60 projects in England which will be supported by £22 million of funding over the next two years from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)’s Domestic Abuse Fund.

The funding will cover the next two years and involve partnership work with charity Safe in Sussex, as well as with other local authorities to help survivors rebuild their lives and ensure they receive the best possible support.

Increased support will also be given to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women through the recruitment of a dedicated specialist worker who will create stronger links with the BME community.

Cllr Dave Simmons, Adur District Council's Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“This funding is a national acknowledgement that more needs to be done to support victims of domestic abuse and help them rebuild shattered lives. Through our community safety partnership, we will do our best to make this money count by providing the means whereby victims can have the confidence to access support, and in continuing to tackle domestic abuse at grassroots level.”

Cllr 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.”

PR19-044 - Funds approved

(PR19-044)

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