Funding to develop support for victims of domestic abuse

Telford & Wrekin Council is committing £50,000 to develop community-based support for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

The investment is part of a series of one off announcements that will total £3.6m and has been made possible following a change in the council’s finances and a one off tax rebate.

The decision to commit the funding recognises the serious and long lasting impact this type of abuse has on families and follows cabinet approval at the end of last year of a strategy to prevent abuse and support those affected.

This strategy centres on improving local services and pathways so that the right support is provided to everyone affected.

This is being done by working in partnership with West Mercia Police, Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Children Board, Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Adults Board, the Safer Telford & Wrekin Partnership and the Health & Wellbeing Board.

Councillor Rae Evans, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Partnerships, said: “Following approval of the strategy in December, we are currently developing our service and support offer.

“We believe that survivors of domestic abuse, who are experts with lived experience, will deliver the most effective support working alongside professionals.

“As a result, conversations are taking place with professionals and community groups to understand their desire to help victims and their families.

“I am delighted that the cabinet has prioritised funding for community-based support for domestic abuse and this investment can only help. I am also very proud that Telford is a White Ribbon Town, supporting the national campaign against male violence against women.”

Nationally one in four women experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives but only 35 per cent of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police.

High risk victims live with domestic abuse for 2.3 years before getting help and 85 per cent of victims seek help on average five times before they get effective support to stop the abuse.