Improved facilities and support for victims of domestic abuse across Lincolnshire will be created following a successful bid for government funding.
South Kesteven District Council, Boston Borough, East Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Holland, West Lindsey and Lincoln City Council teamed up to bid for funds from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
The DCLG had set aside £10 million for councils to bid for as part of a drive to improve existing facilities and services across the country and to ensure that victims and their families are kept safe.
As a result of the successful bid, the seven Lincolnshire districts will receive a pot of £430,000 which will help increase the number of refuges in the district, and ensure that those who enter into refuge have access to appropriate support.
SKDC’s business manager for housing Lisa Barker said: “We are determined to ensure there is a strong safety net for anyone facing the frightening threat of violence in their own home.
“The funding will lead to improved refuges and increase the level of support currently offered to victims, maintaining a strong network offering help to those at risk.”
County and district councillor Ray Wootten, who lives in Grantham, said: “Incidents of domestic violence affect all sections of society so I welcome the news that additional funding will be made for refuges, as a former Domestic Violence Officer and representative at SKDC I know how crucial having a safe place to go can mean to victims of domestic abuse.”