Southampton’s Labour-led City Council has today announced that it has been successful in a combined bid with voluntary partners and other local authorities to improve refuge provision for victims of domestic abuse. A total of £661,000 has been allocated to the region, which includes the local authorities Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, the Isle of Wight and Hampshire County Council.
Labour councillor, Jacqui Rayment, Deputy Leader of Southampton City Council, said:
“Domestic abuse, both physical and emotional, affects people from all walks of life. The consequences can be devastating for the families and individuals involved, so I am thrilled that we’ve secured this funding to strengthen our support for the survivors of domestic abuse from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”
The money, part of a £20m national fund from the Department for Communities & Local Government, will improve the provision of safe accommodation, refuges, outreach services, and sanctuary schemes which help those at risk of abuse.
A specialist team will be established to work directly with refuges to strengthen support for survivors of domestic abuse. This will include targeted work to support those with diverse and complex needs, including those from isolated and marginalised communities, to increase access to refuge or alternative accommodation and to support them to move on.
There will also be the opportunity to improve the support available to those without recourse to public funds, to families with male children over 16 years old and to male victims who local services are currently unable to help via existing specialist residential options.
Southampton City Council wrote the bid in partnership with the Hampshire territories and voluntary sector partners, and will be leading on the project, with all four areas equally involved. The funding now achieved will be delivered through working together with other local authorities, specialist domestic abuse service providers, and partner agencies.
If you are at all worried about an abusive relationship and live in Southampton call PIPPA: our Domestic Abuse advice and helpline. Our expert DA advisers will be able to give you safety advice, guidance and onward referral to a specialist worker if you wish.
PIPPA Helpline – available 09.30 to 4.30 Monday to Friday.
If you live in Hampshire phone the IDASH service on 03300 165112 (24/7), in Portsmouth it’s 02392 688472 and on the Isle of Wight 01983 825981.