Extra Money For Refuge Spaces In Lancashire
16 November 2018, 14:03 | Updated: 16 November 2018, 14:10
It will fund support for an additional 58 spaces
More than £1.2m has been secured to support people who have been victims of domestic abuse.
This follows a successful partnership bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) led by Lancashire County Council to fund extra support across the whole of Lancashire, including Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen.
The cash will provide extra support in addition to the standard services offered by refuges.
It will fund support for an additional 58 spaces in both traditional refuges and separate accommodation.
The grant will also be used to expand outreach services, which ensure domestic abuse victims who are safe to stay in their own homes can access community support. It will also help people who have been in refuges to make the transition to living back in the community.
County Councillor Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "We're very pleased to have secured this extra government funding.
"Much of the additional funding will focus on domestic abuse survivors who need support, but have complex needs. It will ensure they have somewhere safe to go, while accessing the support they need from trained professionals to live independently while breaking the cycle of domestic abuse.
"We've worked very closely with Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Councils, the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and district councils, as well as local providers, to secure this government funding.
"We'll continue to work closely together to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by domestic abuse."