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.