Recently the Government has confirmed that four further areas in England will receive a share of the Government’s £20 million fund to support victims of domestic abuse.
This latest allocation – totalling more than £440,000 – will go to projects that will support more than 190 victims with somewhere safe to live and rebuild their lives, and provide further access to education, employment and life skills training.
Shropshire, with Telford and Wrekin Council, are receiving £115,753 to fund a project through Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service. The project will focus on providing dedicated support to those of Black, Asian and other minority ethnic (BME) heritage, support specialist accommodation services across Telford and Wrekin and bridge the gap between service provision across the two areas.
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service currently runs a female only 10 bed refuge, but abuse doesn’t just happen to women, so in April 2017 this year they introduced a range of properties to be run as dispersed refuges across the County; making safe accommodation accessible to male victims also. At no point will these properties be shared between male and female victims. The accommodation will be supported by specialist domestic abuse workers and will be accessible to all victims and their children who need to flee domestic abuse.
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service also run an Outreach Service available Countywide offering face to face emotional and practical advice, guidance and support. By being based locally and in Housing Offices, Council buildings, Churches, Sure Start Centres, GPs and other hubs that local people access regularly, victims will not stand out when accessing the service and are more able to access a service when they need it.
Wendy Bulman said ‘I am really pleased to be in a position where we will now be able to support victims of domestic abuse in the Telford and Wrekin area. The money received from the Department of Communities and Local Government will enable us to start to bridge the gap in specialist service provision and to support our colleagues enabling longer term support to all victims irrespective of risk"
Anyone struggling with domestic abuse can contact Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service on 0300 303 1191 or visit www.shropsdas.org.uk. Or alternatively call the National 24 Hour Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247.