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North Devon Council secures funding for domestic abuse services

The funding was granted following a bid by North Devon Council on behalf of organisations that help survivors of domestic abuse. Credit: ITV News West Country

North Devon is set to receive more than £200,000 of government funding to support survivors of domestic abuse.

The funding will be used to provide safe places to stay for survivors and their families who are at risk of violence or abuse.

The success of this bid for victims of domestic abuse and their families cannot be underestimated. This money will be used to provide refuge beds and support domestic abuse victims and survivors in dispersed units of accommodation across the South West.

– Jeremy Mann, Head of Housing Services for North Devon Council

We are pleased that the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has offered funding for the refuge in North Devon, in recognition of the need for accommodation-based services for families escaping domestic abuse. This will allow continued joint working between partners in North Devon and the county to support and protect this most vulnerable group.

The service providers are looking forward to the passing and implementation of the Domestic Abuse Bill which will provide more certainty and opportunity for future planning. Short term funding is challenging when engaging long term support of people’s lives.

– Sue Wallis, Chief Executive Officer at North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

The Devon and Cornwall Community Safety Strategic Assessment reported that in 2018/19 there were nearly 30,000 domestic abuse incidents (crimes and non-crimes) in the region.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can call the Devon Domestic Abuse Service Helpline on 0345 155 1074.

Referrals can be made directly by individuals or by agencies on behalf of their clients on the above number or by secure email at referrals.devon@splitz.org.cjsm.net