Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

Home Office written question – answered on 10th December 2020.

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Photo of Rupa Huq Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing Central and Acton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to provide additional support to victims of domestic abuse.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime that this Government will not tolerate. People should not be living in fear in the place where they should feel safest – their home. That is why this Government has a wide-ranging and ambitious programme of work to tackle this crime.

Our landmark Domestic Abuse Bill will further improve the effectiveness of the justice system in providing protection for victims of domestic abuse and bringing perpetrators to justice. It will also strengthen the support for victims of abuse by statutory agencies, and raise awareness and understanding about the devastating impact of domestic abuse on victims and their families

This year alongside the Domestic Abuse Bill we are providing £35 million to combat domestic abuse. This includes £3 million to support children affected by domestic abuse and £15 million for the development and pilot of integrated domestic abuse courts and perpetrator programmes.

Throughout the period of national measures introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have taken strong steps to support victims and will continue to do so as we enter the tiered system.

These steps include £76 million of funding to support charities providing services to the vulnerable through the COVID-19 pandemic, including survivors of domestic abuse.

As well as funding specialist services, specific advice has been published on gov.uk for domestic abuse victims during COVID-19 directing them to a range of specialist organisations. The information also makes clear that stay at home orders do not apply where any victim needs to leave home to seek help if they are in danger of domestic abuse. Additionally, In April, we launched a domestic abuse campaign, #YouAreNotAlone, to raise general awareness of domestic abuse during COVID-19 and signpost the support and advice available.

We are continuing to work closely with domestic abuse organisations, to assess ongoing trends and needs.

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