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More money to help domestic abuse survivors in Cornwall

More money to help domestic abuse survivors in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:37pm 18th February 2020. (Updated at 3:39pm 18th February 2020)

Cornwall is set to get almost £200,000 to help support survivors of domestic abuse.

The government is dishing out cash in the south west to help fund refuge services.

Officials say the cash will help councils provide essential, life-saving support in safe housing for survivors of domestic abuse and their children.

The new funding will enable victims and their children to stay safe, recover from the trauma, and access safe permanent rehousing where needed.

Cornwall Council will be getting £194,600 in total - one of the biggest cash pots in the region.

"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 £1 million will help councils in the South West better protect victims and their children and provide essential life-saving services, delivering the urgent support that they need to rebuild their lives."

Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP

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This is part of a wider drive to bolster protection for survivors of domestic abuse, including the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill which is due to be reintroduced.

Government officials say the confirmation of a new legal duty will create a consistent approach to accommodation-based support for domestic abuse victims across England. 

They say this will help all families recover and overcome their experiences, regardless of where they live. 

Many councils are already providing tailored support to those in need, but this move "will bring an end to the postcode lottery of support for those fleeing abusive relationships".

It comes as Devon and Cornwall Police launch a crackdown on domestic abuse in a new appeal.

Our force says cases are rising year on year, with more than 2,600 being reported the January before last.


How can I seek help?

The Devon and Cornwall Police campaign coincides with the increase in reporting of domestic abuse incidents during January, following the festive period.  

It is being rolled out via digital and print media and will also include mobile phone messaging.

For help and advice about domestic abuse, including information about both police and non-police support across the Devon and Cornwall region, contact:

  1. People who can provide help and support: www.domesticabusehelp.co.uk.
  2. National Domestic Abuse Helpline on: 0808 2000 247 
  3. Call 101 to speak to police. If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.
  4. Victim Care Unit call 0300 3030 554 or visit: www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk.

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