Domestic abuse victims living in Bolton are set to receive more support thanks to extra Government funding.
The extra money will help victims and their children access life-saving support in safe accommodation. The services include advocacy, counselling, and therapy in safe locations such as refuges or specialist safe accommodation, where victims and their children can go to get away from their abusers.
This funding is part of a wider package of support for victims of rape and domestic abuse, with a £40 million funding boost for victim support services announced on 1 February 2021. This builds on the unprecedented £76 million pledged in May 2020, to ensure vital services including refuges, helplines and counselling remain accessible throughout the pandemic.
Commenting, Mark Logan MP said:
“Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that ruins lives, which is why this commitment to empowering and protecting victims is so important.
“The £682,592 announced for Bolton Council will ensure that victims of rape and abuse who need access to safe accommodation and support will receive it.
In January 2021, the Conservative Government also launched the ‘Ask for Ani’ codeword scheme, which provides victims of domestic abuse access to immediate help from the police or other support services through their local pharmacy.
The Government is determined to support vulnerable people throughout the pandemic, and is working closely with councils, charities and other partners to ensure they get the support they need.
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