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Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes

Question for Home Office

UIN 46068, tabled on 12 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps she has taken to ensure the availability of support for women experiencing domestic abuse during the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

22 May 2020

Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation. We are working closely with domestic abuse charities, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and the police to understand the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse incidents.

The Government has announced £28m of funding to support domestic abuse charities. The Home Office has announced an additional £2 million in funding to help bolster specialist helplines and online services so that victims can continue to seek support.

We have also launched a campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and signpost victims to the support services available. The campaign, under the hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, aims to reassure those affected by domestic abuse that support services remain available during this difficult time. Details of these services can be found at www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

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