North Devon Council secures funding for domestic abuse services

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Posted on: 20 February 2020

North Devon is set to receive over £200,000 in support of survivors of domestic abuse, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The funding has been granted following a bid led by North Devon Council on behalf of North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA), Splitz Support Service and First Light, who will use the money to provide safe places to stay for survivors and their families who are at risk of violence or abuse.

North Devon Council has received £229,263 of a £16 million funding injection, shared across seventy-five projects nationwide, helping up to 43,000 survivors access the help they need to stay safe, recover from trauma, and find safe, permanent rehousing where needed.

Jeremy Mann, Head of Housing Services for North Devon Council says: “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.”

Sue Wallis, Chief Executive Officer at North Devon Against Domestic Abuse commented: “NDADA is pleased that the MHCLG has offered funding for the refuge in North Devon, in recognition of the need for accommodation-based services for families escaping domestic abuse, allowing continued joint working between partners in North Devon and the county to support and protect this most vulnerable group.

“The refuge in North Devon remains the only one in Devon complemented by several places of safety throughout Devon which have been supported in previous funding rounds. The work to provide some wraparound services continues.

“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.”

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime which shatters the lives of over two million survivors and their families every year. 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 receive help. If you would like to talk to someone, 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 

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