NNDC Reception

Date published: 23rd February 2017

An extra £100,000 will be added to ongoing efforts to support domestic abuse victims across West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Breckland over the next two years.

The money is part of a national £20 million fund announced by the government in the last few days.

The money will be used across the three council areas to pay for:

  • A specialist domestic abuse case worker with mental health and substance misuse expertise
  • A dedicated refuge bed space for women with no recourse to public funds or for those who are not economically active or those who have lost their eligibility status
  • A rent-guarantee scheme enabling women to move on to independent living quicker in the private rent sector

It is anticipated the money will help 117 women and 142 children.

Mandy Proctor, chief executive of Leeway, said: “It is fantastic that local councils in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland and North Norfolk have secured funding to support those experiencing domestic abuse.

“The work we do in partnership with local authorities is extremely important and it is vital that we are able to continue to offer a high-quality service to those that need it.

“It is fantastic that the government are taking a proactive stance to tackle domestic abuse, which will undoubtedly make a massive difference to many people that are experiencing domestic abuse.”

Cllr Adrian Lawrence, Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Housing and Community, said: “Many people who experience domestic abuse suffer in silence as they don’t know that there is help and support available.  This funding is crucial in enabling us to support more women and children who may have become victims and to help them get back to living independent lives.”

Cllr Richard Price, North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is about helping people in very difficult situations make informed choices at the right time, whatever their level of need.

“The bid put together by Leeway and the three authorities has been recognised as having great potential and we all look forward to its success into the future.”

Cllr Gordon Bambridge, Breckland Council Executive Member for Growth, said: “Domestic abuse is an abhorrent crime and I am delighted that our joint bid to improve the support available to victims has been successful. Victims are extremely vulnerable and this funding will give them access to very practical assistance in addition to expert support and advice.”

This bid was a joint effort with the Borough of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk being the lead alongside Breckland and North Norfolk district councils. Leeway is Norfolk and Waveney’s specialist domestic abuse charity and helped nearly 9,000 people in 2015/16.

In a letter to local authority chief executives, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: “This funding is being awarded to you so that you can successfully deliver the innovative commitments you have set out in your bid.

“Real change can only happen at local level and that is why your bid is so important.

“Our strategic vision is ambitious and it will only be achieved by working with you on the frontline.

“Domestic abuse is a devastating crime. Each local area needs to play its part in tackling and preventing domestic abuse and I am confident that your Council’s proposal will make a significant contribution.”

Last updated: 16th August 2017