Hampshire’s share of £1.3m is the single largest funding allocation in the country. Additional funding of £477,000 has been awarded to Portsmouth and southeast Hampshire.
Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, said: “Investment in domestic abuse interventions makes a big difference to the safety of victims and their families so we are very pleased to win this bid for additional funding to increase the level of support available in Hampshire.”
The funding will provide additional targeted support designed to meet the needs of those who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Specifically, it will support women, children and young people living in safe accommodation across the region in addition to targeted work to make it easier for those from black and ethnic minorities and LGBT backgrounds to access services.
This additional targeted support builds on the work underway in Hampshire, where the local authority is working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Southampton City Council to fund services which will provide support for both victims and perpetrators. As well as increasing the range of safe accommodation available, extra funding is going into services to establish support networks and focused work with key groups, such as repeat and persistent perpetrators, high risk offenders and young perpetrators in the 18-24 year age category, with the aim of preventing future patterns of abuse.
During 2016/17, Hampshire County Council’s commissioned victim support services helped over 4,500 adults and children through either community based support or crisis accommodation. The Housing Minister has confirmed 63 projects across England to share £22 million to help domestic abuse survivors.