Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been awarded a grant to support survivors of domestic abuse and their children.
The city council has been awarded a total of £106,048.76 from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The funding is from a cash pot of £16.6 million which has been awarded to 75 local authorities across the country to help provide vital support to victims of domestic abuse and their children within safe accommodation.
The city council bid for the funding in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. The bid was supported by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent domestic abuse support providers, Glow and New Era.
The funding is part of government plans to ensure every council provides essential life-saving support from next year. It is also part of a wider government drive to increase protection for survivors of domestic abuse, including the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill and the new legal duty which will create a consistent approach to safe accommodation-based support for domestic abuse victims across England.
The funding will be used to support a number of initiatives including:
- To provide additional bed spaces in community-based settings to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and their children are not turned away, due to a lack of refuge bed spaces or where refuge accommodation does not meet the needs of the family.
- Additional staff to support people across all accommodation types by providing staff out-of-hours, more support for children and young people within the North Staffordshire settings and an advocate/link worker that will support victims based within in each of the local authority housing services.
- Help to secure and increase the availability of safe accommodation for those most in need within private rented accommodation and the use of targeted building improvements to increase safety and security of victims.
- To improve partnership working across the boundaries of North Staffordshire, including access to specialist support for victims and their children, through partners in mental health and addiction services.
Councillor Randy Conteh, cabinet member for communities and safer city at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “It’s brilliant that we have been awarded this funding. It will make a huge impact to the specialist services we have available in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and allow them to offer additional safe accommodation for victims and children.
“Domestic abuse is a crime that cannot be tolerated and we are pleased to have been able to add to the essential, life-saving support services we have in the city.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners to address this terrible crime and to ensure that people suffering from the effects of domestic abuse get the right support.”
Councillor Mike Bowen, cabinet member for communities at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: “Domestic abuse does not discriminate but what is clear that no-one should suffer as a result. This funding will help us to strengthen our support for people affected by providing services in our communities and I welcome it.”
North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent domestic abuse support service, Glow, will be using the funding to continue to provide vital help and safe accommodation to victims and their children.
Lucy Willis, head of domestic violence and abuse services at Glow, said: “With no money, nowhere safe to go, and nowhere to turn, individuals and children escaping domestic abuse are at high risk of returning to their abuser. But imagine a world where no one has to live through an abusive relationship or feel trapped in a cycle of abusive behaviour.
“Thanks to the additional 12 months of funding from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Glow can continue to provide its 38 refuge bed spaces and offer further homes in the community, meaning that over 160 individuals or families will get the support they need to help break the cycle and start a new chapter.”
If you or somebody you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can contact:
Glow – If you live in North Staffordshire, please call 0330 0945 559, open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Era – Please call 0300 303 3778.
There is also a live chat facility on New Era’s website