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Funding secured to support victims of domestic abuse

by Laura Johnston

A multi-agency funding bid submitted by Knowsley Council has secured just over £300,000 of funding to support victims of domestic abuse.

The funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government was submitted on behalf of Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral Councils and their respective Community Safety Partnerships to support victims of domestic abuse in a number of ways.

Firstly it will help to support victims of domestic abuse by providing them with accommodation, suitable to individual needs, across the four local authority areas.

In addition, an enhanced and extended therapeutic support offer will be provided to children who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

The funding will also support an extended sanctuary offer, enabling more victims of domestic abuse to remain in their own homes safely, through the installation of appropriate safety measures such as locks and external lighting, whilst also extending the use of the IT system across Merseyside to co-ordinate allocation and record demand for specialist accommodation.

The total funding secured is £301,160 and this will support 37 units available for supported, dispersed accommodation, 180 children will benefit from therapeutic support and a minimum of 150 households will benefit from the sanctuary fund.