More help for abuse victims in West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Breckland

Extra money is being made available to help rehome victims of abuse. Photo : Steve Adams

Extra money is being made available to help rehome victims of abuse. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

An extra £100,000 will be added to ongoing efforts to support domestic abuse victims across West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Breckland over the next two years.

The money is part of a national £20 million fund announced by the government in the last few days.

It will pay for a specialist domestic abuse case worker, dedicated refuge bed space and a rent guarantee scheme.

Mandy Proctor, chief executive of Leeway, said: 'It is fantastic that local councils in West Norfolk, Breckland and North Norfolk have secured funding to support those experiencing domestic abuse.

'The work we do in partnership with local authorities is extremely important and it is vital that we are able to continue to offer a high-quality service to those that need it.'

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Adrian Lawrence, West Norfolk council's cabinet member for housing, said: 'Many people who experience domestic abuse suffer in silence as they don't know that there is help and support available. This funding is crucial in enabling us to support more women and children who may have become victims and to help them get back to living independent lives.'

Richard Price, his counterpart in North Norfolk, said: 'This is about helping people in very difficult situations make informed choices at the right time, whatever their level of need. The bid put together by Leeway and the three authorities has been recognised as having great potential and we all look forward to its success into the future.'

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Gordon Bambridge, Breckland's executive member for growth, said: 'Domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime and I am delighted that our joint bid to improve the support available to victims has been successful. Victims are extremely vulnerable and this funding will give them access to very practical assistance in addition to expert support and advice.'

The successful bid was a joint effort between the three councils and Leeway, Norfolk and Waveney's specialist domestic abuse charity, which helped nearly 9,000 people last year.

In a letter to local authority chief executives, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: 'This funding is being awarded to you so that you can successfully deliver the innovative commitments you have set out in your bid.'

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