To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will make an estimate of the cost of providing refuges to adequately meet the needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors.
Domestic and sexual violence are devastating crimes and we are determined to ensure that victims, regardless of their circumstances, should receive the support they need when they need it.
Local areas are best placed to understand local needs and the Government has devolved power and responsibility for meeting those needs accordingly. We have set out a clear blueprint for locally driven action through our new National Statement of Expectations. This was developed with voluntary, community sector and statutory stakeholders, and sets out for the first time what local areas need to do to ensure an effective response to meeting the needs of all victims of violence against women and girls. We expect local areas to do the right thing and provide services that are responsive to the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence. Local areas should assess their need for these services and make decisions on the provision of refuges and support to fit the identified needs, both for people from within and outside their local area.
The Government’s Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, published on 8 March 2016, commited us to providing funding of £80 million to support victims of violence against women and girls. From this:
The Prime Minister announced a new programme of work to transform the way we think about and tackle domestic abuse and to support this programme further funding of £20 million was announced in the Budget, bringing our total support provided to victims of violence against women and girls to £100 million.