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£16.6m funding announced for domestic abuse projects

The government has announced more than £16m funding for 75 projects across England to tackle domestic abuse.
The £16.6m of funding will enable local authorities to provide support and safe housing for victims of domestic abuse, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed. The funding will enable survivors and their children to stay safe, recover from the trauma of the abuse and access safe permanent rehousing where needed.
Robert Jenrick MP, said: "Domestic abuse destroys lives and leaves victims living in fear in their own homes – the place where they should feel most safe and secure.
"No victim of domestic abuse should have to struggle to get the right support, or wait months for help that they need. This new funding of £16.6 million will help local areas better protect victims and their children and provide essential life-saving services, delivering the urgent support that they need to rebuild their lives," he added.
More than two million survivors and their families are affected by domestic abuse every year.
The funding will enable the 75 projects to help up to 43,000 survivors access help and support as they move towards a safe future, free from domestic abuse.
The move is part of the government's drive to tackle domestic abuse and protect survivors and their families. This announcement follows the news that there will be a new legal duty which will create a consistent approach to accommodation-based support for domestic abuse victims across England. This will help all families recover and overcome their experiences, regardless of where they live.
While many local authorities are already providing tailored support to those in need, this legal duty will end the postcode lottery of support for those fleeing abusive relationships.
The Domestic Abuse Bill will also be reintroduced to the House shortly to introduce the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse to specifically include economic abuse and controlling and manipulative non-physical abuse.
The Bill will also establish a new Domestic Abuse Commissioner and prohibit the cross-examination of victims by their abusers in the family courts.

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