Women’s refuges in Northamptonshire will be able to stay open for another year after being given almost half a million pounds by the Government.
Northamptonshire county and district councils were awarded £434,276 out of a £10 million pot from the Department of Communities and Local Government and say they will pour it all into domestic abuse services.
The funding will allow Nene Valley Christian Family Refuge and Northampton, Wellingborough and East Northants Women’s Aid to provide staff, resources for children and services to establish safe resettlement for families fleeing domestic abuse until March 2016.
There are 52 refuge accommodation units across the county, which aim not only to protect families, but to also improve and speed up their chances of being moved into safe permanent homes.
Chief executive of National Women’s Aid Polly Neate, whose recent SOS Campaign led to the allocation of the grant, said: “We warmly welcome the news that specialist domestic violence refuges in 148 local areas will receive additional funding.
“Women and their children across the country will benefit from this and know that there is a safe space for them if they need it.
Women and their children across the country will benefit from this, and know that there is a safe space for them if they need itPolly Neate, CEO of National Women’s Aid
“We are pleased that the government listened to our SOS campaign and saved these services.”
Ann Bodsworth, joint CEO of Northampton Women’s Aid, said: “While refuges have been closing across the country, this funding will allow us to keep providing our services for another year, though we will have to find continued funding after next March.
“It has taken pressure off local authorities to find funding for us for the time being, freeing up that money so it can be put into other services.”