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New DCLG domestic abuse fund now open for bids 17/09/2015

The DCLG are inviting local authorities to bid for a share of a £3 million fund to address any gaps in the provision of specialist accommodation-based support for victims of domestic abuse.


In the Summer Budget, a £3 million fund for 2015 to 2016 was announced to address any gaps in the provision of specialist accommodation-based support and provide support for victims seeking to access these services. The fund is now inviting bids for work in 2015 to 2016, led by local authorities working in partnership with service providers.


Successful applicants must demonstrate how they will support innovative and cost effective proposals to deliver accommodation-based services for victims of abuse, and for services to help them access such support. They should also set out how they will further the development of local strategies on tackling domestic abuse and help create sustainable and long term approaches to supporting victims.


The announcement in the July budget builds on the £10 million funding for refuges announced in March 2015 by the coalition government.


Funds announced in the budget also include £131,000 for additional workers for UK Refuges Online. UK Refuges Online is a UK wide database of domestic violence services which enables those working with victims of domestic violence to identify appropriate services and potential refuge vacancies around the country so that victims can get the help they need as quickly as possible.


The Summer Budget 2015 also announced a review of the full range of services currently available to victims of domestic abuse. Its findings will feed into the Spending Review and an updated violence against women and girls strategy to ensure that victims of domestic violence and their families have access to the support and services they need to keep safe.


For more information and details of how to apply for funding see the DCLG prospectus.


The deadline for bids is Thursday 1 October 2015.

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