District councils get share of funding for care of victims of domestic abuse

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Improved facilities and support for victims of domestic abuse across Lincolnshire will be created following a successful bid for government funding.

The seven local authorities of South Kesteven, Boston Borough, East Lindsey, North Kesteven, South Holland, West Lindsey and Lincoln City Council have joined forces 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.

South Kesteven District Council’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.”