Trafford Council will share £258,884.66 for local services that enable domestic abuse victims and their children to stay safe, recover from the trauma, and access safe rehousing where needed.
This funding is part of a £16.6 million package announced by the Conservative government to support 75 projects across England that work with victims of domestic abuse and their children to keep them safe, including those in North West England.
The funding will be shared between councils to fund domestic abuse refuge services, helping up to 43,000 survivors have access to the help they need as they move towards a safe future, free from domestic abuse. This is part of a wider drive by the Conservative Government to bolster protection for survivors of domestic abuse, including the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill which is due to be reintroduced in Parliament shortly. It delivers on promises made in the 2019 Conservative Party Manifesto to increase support for refuges and community support for victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Cllr. Miss Blackburn has welcomed the funding, saying: “As we see the economy doing well it is fantastic to be able to see our area seeing the benefits we will receive from a share of £258,884.66 in new funding for vital refuge services for survivors of domestic abuse, and I’m looking forward to working with leaders from Trafford Council to ensure the money gets to where it needs to be – on the front-line helping victims to rebuild their lives.
“The Conservatives are determined to ensure that victims of domestic abuse are protected and will strengthen their rights further via the Domestic Violence Bill in Parliament – which will have my wholehearted support.”
Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said:
“Domestic abuse destroys lives and leaves victims living in fear in their own homes – the place where they should feel most safe and secure.
“No victim of domestic abuse should have to struggle to get the right support or wait months for help that they need. This new funding of £16.6 million will help local areas better protect victims and their children and provide essential life-saving services, delivering the urgent support that they need to rebuild their lives.”