Help for domestic abuse victims

Victims of domestic abuse will receive more help thanks to a North East partnership.

The region is set to receive £660,000 after a bid led by Newcastle City Council was successful with the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The money will be shared among six councils, working in partnership with a range of voluntary organisations, health providers, Northumbria Police and The Police and Crime Commissioner.

It will be used to provide 29 extra homes/bed spaces for victims of domestic abuse; boost support visits and offer more assistance.

In Newcastle the funding will complement £2.6m the council has invested in specialist accommodation and outreach services to support victims and their children fleeing abuse.

Deputy council leader, Cllr Joyce McCarty, said: “I am delighted that our bid on behalf of the region has been successful. It’s a great example of a broad range of organisations coming together and working together for the good of the region.

“This funding will enable victims of abuse who do not want to go into a refuge to stay safe in their own homes through improved security measures.

“In Newcastle, our allocation will strengthen the significant investment the council has already put in to help victims of domestic abuse.”

The project will be led by Newcastle City Council and supported by six councils, nine specialist domestic abuse service and refuge providers, local health partnerships, drug misuse charities, housing providers, the police, and Police and Crime Commissioner.

The North East’s allocation is part of £20m the Government announced nationally on Friday (Feb 17) for victims of domestic abuse.

In all 76 projects across the country will benefit, creating 2,200 new bed spaces in refuges and other specialist accommodation.

An estimated 19,000 victims will be helped with a safe place to live;, training and life skills.