£470,255 for Central Bedfordshire to help support victims of domestic abuse

  • Central Bedfordshire is set to receive £470,255 to help fund a new duty to ensure victims and their children are able to access life-saving support in safe accommodation.

A total of £125 million has been allocated to councils across England to support domestic abuse victims and their children. This new funding is part of the Government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill and package of comprehensive support for victims. Domestic abuse victims and their children living in Central Bedfordshire will be able to receive more support thanks to extra Government funding.

The extra money will help victims and their children access life-saving support in safe accommodation, including advocacy, counselling, and therapy in safe locations such as refuges or specialist safe accommodation, where victims and their children can go to get away from their abusers.

In total, councils across England will receive £125 million. Central Bedfordshire will receive £470,255. Under a new duty, councils will be required to provide support to domestic abuse victims and their children within safe accommodation services, where needs have been identified.

It will come into force later this year with the passage of the landmark Domestic Abuse Bill, with funding announced in advance so local authorities know how much they will receive for these vital services and can begin to plan. 

This funding is part of a wider package of support for victims of rape and domestic abuse, with a £40 million funding boost for victim support services announced on 1 February 2021, building on the unprecedented £76 million pledged in May 2020 to ensure vital services including refuges, helplines and counselling remain accessible throughout the pandemic.  

In January 2021, the Government also launched the ‘Ask for ANI’ codeword scheme, which provides victims of domestic abuse access to immediate help from the police or other support services from their local pharmacy. 

Commenting, Andrew Selous MP said, “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that ruins lives, which is why this Government’s commitment to empowering and protecting victims is so important.

“The £470,255 announced today for Central Bedfordshire will ensure that anyone who needs to access safe accommodation and the support services they need to recover and rebuild their lives will be able to do so, and is part of a wider package of support we have put in place for victims of rape and domestic abuse.
“In taking another big step towards helping break the cycle of domestic abuse and protecting some of the most vulnerable in our society, we are transforming our response to victims and will help them move forward with their lives.”