£257 million fund for local authorities to help victims of domestic abuse

21 December 2022

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has committed £257 million to help over 70,000 victims of domestic abuse in England.

The allocated funding will be given to local authorities for the delivery of their duties and the provision of support services including counselling, financial advice, therapy for children and rehousing.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 placed new duties on local authorities across England to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and their children can access support and safe accommodation when they needed.

This funding will be allocated over two years and will be used by local authorities to plan support services and work closely with local charities and other service providers to best meet the needs of victims who have had to flee their homes.

We welcome this government funding and see it as an opportunity for housing associations and local authorities to work closely together in tackling domestic abuse.