Domestic Violence Refuges

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th April 2017.

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Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons) 12:00 am, 24th April 2017

What recent assessment the Government have made of the adequacy of the availability of domestic violence refuges for women.

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

Refuges provide vital support for victims of domestic abuse. Since 2014, we have invested more than £33 million in services, including refuges, to support victims of domestic abuse. We expect local areas to assess their need and provide services and support to meet that need.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Opposition Whip (Commons)

I have one refuge for women in my area. With 17% of specialist refuges in England lost since 2010, what are the Government doing to protect this vital lifeline for women and children?

Photo of Marcus Jones Marcus Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The Government take this issue extremely seriously. No person should be turned away from the support they need. We announced in February that 76 projects across the country will receive a share of £20 million to support victims of domestic abuse, creating 2,200 extra bed spaces and giving support to more than 19,000 victims. That includes additional funding to the hon. Lady’s area of Lewisham.