Last reviewed 14 October 2020

Extra support is to be given to local authorities to help them to prepare for the introduction of new legislation that will ensure domestic abuse victims and their families get the help they need.

Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Kelly Tolhurst, explained that thousands more people are expected to be helped from April 2021 when the new law comes into force placing a duty on councils to support victims of domestic abuse.

The Domestic Abuse  Bill, currently before Parliament, includes a  new duty  for councils  to  assess  and  provide  support and safe accommodation to victims and their children in England.

Once the duty comes into force, the new £6 million funding will  mean that councils can commission additional vital support for those victims of domestic abuse and their children who might currently be turned away from refuges and other safe accommodation because their needs cannot be met.

This fund will be allocated equally across Tier 1 local authorities in England, at £50,000 each.

Ms Tolhurst said: “Survivors of domestic abuse need safe refuge in order to escape this heinous crime, and support to start to rebuild their lives. We have committed to supporting all domestic abuse survivors. That’s why since 2014 we’ve invested £80 million in safe accommodation services to support victims of domestic abuse.”

The funding is part of a raft of measures designed to help support councils meet their new obligations.

To further help them to prepare, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has published guidance on the fund’s purpose and is providing councils with further information and support which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-capacity-building-fund-for-local-authorities/guidance-for-local-authorities-on-the-domestic-abuse-capacity-building-fund.