Refuges: Domestic Abuse

Ministry of Justice written question – answered at on 20 January 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues to help ensure that victims of domestic abuse have access to women’s refuges.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime and we are determined to better protect and support the victims of abuse and their children and bring perpetrators to justice. As part of transforming the response to domestic abuse, we will make sure that councils across the country are legally required to provide life-saving support in safe housing, to survivors of domestic abuse and their children. We have committed to including this new duty in the Domestic Abuse Bill when it is re-introduced in Parliament.

I can confirm that the Justice Secretary is in regular contact with his Cabinet colleagues on domestic abuse, including the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government whose Department is responsible for the provision of funding for refuge spaces. Both myself and the Justice Secretary support their continued investment in increasing the number of bed spaces available to victims of domestic abuse, including a further £15m for refuges and safe accommodation projects for next year (20/21).

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