Domestic Abuse (Shrewsbury)

Home Department written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Daniel Kawczynski Daniel Kawczynski Conservative, Shrewsbury and Atcham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will provide financial assistance to establish a shelter for women who have suffered domestic abuse in Shrewsbury.

Photo of Paul Goggins Paul Goggins Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Correctional Services and Reducing Re-offending), Home Office

In 2003 the Government announced major investment in additional refuge provision in England over three years. A total of £32.1 million capital has been allocated (£15.7 million through the Housing Corporation and £16.4 million from the Homelessness and Housing Support Directorate in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister), to provide 427 units of new or improved accommodation.

The allocation of funds was based on bids made by housing associations to the Housing Corporation. The bids were needs led and based on local priorities identified by local authorities in consultation with local domestic violence agencies. Priority was given to projects arising from local authority housing and homelessness strategy reviews. It was the responsibility of local authorities in partnership with the domestic violence agencies to identify gaps in refuge service provision at the time bids were being formulated.

Although there is no actual refuge in Shrewsbury, there are currently two refuge provisions for victims of domestic violence within Shropshire.

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