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Devon secures significant new funding for Domestic Abuse Services

Domestic Violence

Devon is to receive £475,000 in support of survivors of domestic abuse funded by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). In a joint bid, sponsored by North Devon Council, all Devon districts and Devon County Council got behind Splitz Support Services and North Devon Against Domestic Abuse to attract this latest round of new money.

The funding for the remainder of 2018 and into 2019 has the following aims.

  • Achieve system reform through strengthened multi-agency partnerships and pathways that support victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse fleeing abuse.

  • Increase training and awareness to professionals working with victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse who also have complex needs.

  • Reduce homelessness and unnecessary loss of home by those who are experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse and who may be struggling to maintain their tenancies or those who wish to remain in their own home but need additional support to do so safely.

  • Protect vulnerable 'hidden' and hard-to-reach groups, such as older people, the disabled, young people and those from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, and ensure they can access appropriate Places of Safety.

  • Extend the wrap around mental health support to ensure that individuals in Devon forced to flee domestic abuse can access support for trauma they may be experiencing.

  • Link with the 3 unitary authorities (Cornwall, Torbay and Plymouth) to develop a wider peninsular response to DVA.

This new bid will build on a previous successful project "Towards Recovery" which focused on creating sustainable accommodation for those fleeing domestic abuse and upskilling support agencies to recognise opportunities for new ways of working to improve outcomes and reduce harm.

Superintendent Toby Davies, Chair of North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP) said "Partnership is at the heart of our Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Services in Devon. Victims can be assured that this new investment will result in enhanced support for those who typically struggle to access services." He added " All CSP's in Devon joined together to sponsor the bid writing and all partners will play an active role in embedding practices locally to ensure the legacy of this bid improves lives for victims and their families."

Amanda Palmer, Community Protection Manager and Project Sponsor for North Devon Council said "In times of financial hardship for our services and victims and their families, the success of this bid cannot be understated. Working with our expert service providers we will bring about change to local referral pathways, maintain local refuge provision and focus on reaching out to those who are typically hard to reach." She added "This week Exeter University will publish its evaluation of our last HCLG funded project "Not Just a Roof" so we are in a perfect position to embed this learning and hit the ground running"

In North Devon and Torridge in 2017/18 473 high and medium risk victims came forward to support services, significantly more remained at low risk or unreported.  In Devon in the same period a total of 3404 individual victims received support.

This bid forms part of a peninsula wide approach including Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay councils to ensure victims of DVA can get housing support no matter where they live.

This announcement is celebrated as the launch platform for 16 days of action, the national campaign to promote awareness of Domestic and Sexual Violence and improve access to resources. Public Health England will begin its campaign on Sunday 25th November and will use the #SW16Days.

29 November 2018