PROVIDING the right accommodation for those fleeing domestic violence could mean the difference between life and death. Earlier this year, charities and campaigners welcomed the Domestic Abuse Act , a landmark piece of legislation to help the 2.4million victims of abuse in the UK every year.
But the charity Women’s Aid says the Act must clearly specify that the £125million-a-year pledged for accommodation for survivors is spent on specialist refuges, and not housing associations, landlords or other services.
Today, The Sun – which has long pushed for more funding for refuges with our Give Me Shelter campaign – is backing the charity’s call.
Here, Women’s Aid patron Dame Julie Walters tells Kate Jackson why this amendment is necessary, while Jess Phillips, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, says the Government risks losing the gains we have made if it fails on this.
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