Survivors of domestic abuse across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will benefit from a government grant of £700,000 to improve accommodation related services and support.

The funding is part of a £20m national fund from the Department of Communities and Local Government that was announced in November.

The bid, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, is a cross region collaboration of seven local authorities including Peterborough City Council and the Cambridgeshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and will be a partnership across all areas.

It includes all key specialist domestic abuse services, health provision and the police both from a preventative, and enforcement angle in line with current national Violence Against Women and Girls priorities.

The funding will be used to enable victims of domestic abuse and their children to be appropriately supported to be safe, and to cope, recover and eventually move on from the abuse they have experienced.

New services will include Outreach workers to help victims to access a range of existing services such as mental health support, sexual health and substance misuse providers, and to provide easier access to services for Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women and their children. There will also be increased support for women in refuge shelters. This funding will help women move from refuge accommodation to into a property which is secure and adequately furnished for her and any family, whilst continuing to provide outreach to her and support her needs. 

Vickie Crompton, who led the bid on behalf of the Safer Communities Partnerships Team at Cambridgeshire County Council said: "The success of this bid will mean that survivors of domestic abuse, and their children, across Cambridgeshire will be better supported to recover from their experiences. Partnership working with charities such as Cambridge Women's Aid, Refuge and The Bobby Scheme will mean survivors can remain safely in their own homes, where appropriate, and receive dedicated specialist support to help them move on with their lives."

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