Extra funds have been awarded to help domestic abuse victims in North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 07:23 21 November 2017

North Somerset Council has been awarded extra funds to help victims of domestic abuse who may face barriers accessing support.

North Somerset Council has been awarded extra funds to help victims of domestic abuse who may face barriers accessing support.

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A project to support victims of domestic abuse in North Somerset has been given a £100,000 cash boost.

The Government has awarded the money to North Somerset Council to help victims who have problems accessing safe refuge.

The project will support victims who need help with drug or alcohol problems or have mental health issues which prevents them from being housed safely in a refuge.

Help will be available to victims who may face barriers accessing support including people who are older, disabled or members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or black and minority ethnic communities.

Support will also benefit children by joining up with the local Troubled Families initiative to improve clients’ access to the support they need.

North Somerset Council’s executive member for community safety, Felicity Baker, said: “This funding will allow us to target additional support for people affected by domestic abuse in North Somerset with specific additional needs.

“Often those who have been subjected to abuse by a partner develop other needs as a result of their situation, and require specialist support to help them get their lives back on track.

“I am pleased the Government has recognised those needs are important and I hope many people benefit and are able to lead happier lives as a result.

“I am also pleased that this recognises the hard work and understanding of staff working in this area.”

Earlier this year the Government confirmed grants had been awarded to support 76 projects across England to help around 19,000 victims of domestic abuse.

North Somerset is one of four further areas in England to now receive a share of the Government’s £20million fund.

Communities minister Lord Bourne said: “Domestic abuse ruins lives with many victims forced to leave their homes for their own safety and to access the services they urgently need.

“We’re clear that the victim must always come first. It’s important that we recognise that victims can come from all races, genders and backgrounds.

“The victim may also have children who also need the support and safe haven. This funding is a major boost to meet their needs.”

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