More support for domestic abuse victims in Chichester

Domestic abuse victims and their children living in Chichester will be able 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, including 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.

In total, councils across England will receive £125 million, from which Chichester has been awarded £34,060.

Under a new duty, which was a key Conservative manifesto commitment at the last election, councils will be required to provide support to domestic abuse victims and their children within safe accommodation services, where needs have been identified.

It will come into force later this year with the passage of the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, with funding announced in advance so local authorities know how much they will receive for these vital services and can begin to plan.

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, building on the unprecedented £76 million pledged in May 2020 to ensure vital services including refuges, helplines and counselling remain accessible throughout the pandemic. 

In January 2021, the 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 from their local pharmacy.

Commenting, Gillian Keegan MP said: “The impacts of domestic abuse can be devastating and can ruin lives. No one should be living in fear, which of course lasts well after victims of abuse have escaped their abusers. This new support is crucial to help people begin to recover and rebuild their lives as best they can." 

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