Boost of £1m gives victims a safe home

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ALMOST £1m of government funding has been given to local authorities to help victims of domestic abuse.

The funding will provide safe house accommodation throughout Hampshire which will help prevent homelessness and offer help for people fleeing domestic violence.

The cash is being shared between 12 councils, including Havant, Gosport, Fareham, East Hampshire and Winchester.

Councillor Yvonne Weeks, who heads communities at Havant Borough Council, said: ‘Domestic violence is a serious issue in Hampshire with thousands of incidents every year against men and women.

‘This money will go to help some of the county’s most vulnerable people with accommodation that will offer protection and sanctuary to people when they most need it.’

There were over 13,000 domestic incidents last year in Hampshire, of which 4,659 were crimes.

The annual demand for refuge provision in Hampshire is for 500 adults and 600 children. The demand for support and outreach is for 900 adults and 1,200 children.

The funding ties in with the national strategy, calling to end all violence against women and girls.