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
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
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
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.