Council awarded Government funding to continue support for victims of domestic abuse

  • Central Bedfordshire Council has been granted over £450,000 of Government funding to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities announced last month that it is making £125million of funding available for councils to provide support for domestic abuse victims during 2022 - 2023. Central Bedfordshire Council has been awarded £471,557.

The new funding has been granted to ensure the Council can support victims to help them rebuild their lives in a safe environment. This builds on the new Domestic Abuse Act 2021, which places a legal duty on Councils to fund support in safe accommodation for victims, like refuges or shelters.

Cllr Sue Clark, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said, “Nobody should live in fear of violence and abuse, and we are committed to ensuring anyone experiencing domestic abuse is supported. We welcome this additional funding, which will enable us to continue to support victims and help to break the cycle of domestic abuse.”

The Council recently launched its Domestic Abuse Strategy which outlines how it will work with partners to prevent domestic abuse and provide support for victims.