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£200k funding boost to help families fleeing domestic violence

Published on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 in Health and social care news

Rotherham Council, in partnership with Rotherham Rise, has been successful in its bid to increase funding to help victims of domestic abuse rebuild their lives.

The £200,000 fund will operate for the 2016/18 financial years, allowing the Council to fill a gap that exists when families flee domestic abuse and are unable to be housed in refuge accommodation, due to either ages of their children, or if there are have a variety of complex needs, such as drug and alcohol dependency and mental health issues.

Funding in Rotherham will enhance current refuge provision with an increase of two specialist housing units available to house fleeing victims, as well as increase the number of staff support workers at Rotherham Rise.

In addition, a perpetrator programme will be offered to support families who may wish to stay together by receiving appropriate professional support.

Successful bids had to show that they were committed to working with other partners to improve domestic violence services.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: “It is important that we have the right services for families that are fleeing domestic violence, and this funding is a welcome boost to this work. Help is available to those suffering.”

Councillor Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The services provided by Rotherham Rise and the increase in the specialist accommodation based services, provided by the Council’s housing department, will play a vital role in supporting victims of domestic abuse.”

Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Roche, added: "I am delighted we can now use this grant to enhance our adult care offer in helping to give the necessary support to these vulnerable people, through a collaboration between our own front line staff and Rotherham Rise."

Sue Wynne, Chief Executive of Rotherham Rise, said: “Rotherham Rise is a specialist domestic abuse provider, some of our services, including the current refuge provision is commissioned by the Council. Refuge provides a vital life line for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. This additional funding will enhance our ability to provide personalised support for their journeys to rebuild their lives and aid recovery.”

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