Funding success for North Devon domestic abuse support

Posted on: 12 April 2017

North Devon is set to benefit from £433,000 of government funding to help domestic abuse victims in the district.

District Councils, working with expert partner agencies, have been successful in a bid for funding to continue local service provision and develop new practices to keep domestic abuse victims and their families safe.  This will enhance existing work with local services, including North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA), which provides refuge for local domestic abuse victims and the commissioned service providers of Devon Domestic Abuse Services (DDAS) and Stope Abuse for Everyone (SAFE). The funding will support domestic abuse victims and their families across the eight districts in Devon.

Work has already begun to recruit new specialist support while existing services are working together to keep victims of domestic abuse safe and help local families go on to rebuild their lives. The funding will also enable local partners through Community Safety Partnerships (CSP’s) to explore some pilot projects to tackle the devastating effects of domestic abuse and make local refuge services more sustainable for the future.

The project is being formally evaluated through a partnership with Exeter University, producing detailed findings of services across Devon which will be published after the funding comes to an end.

Sue Wallis, Chief Executive of NDADA and Chrissy Stower, Devon Services Manager for DDAS, who were part of the bid writing team said: “We are excited and pleased that the partnership working within our submission has been recognised, bringing together housing services across all eight of Devon’s districts as well as specialist domestic abuse services and two grass roots agencies, Sunrise and Survival Bags Home & Away. This strong emphasis on partnership supports our collective belief that domestic abuse can only be tackled effectively when all concerned recognise their own responsibilities towards keeping families safe and well in our communities. The success of the bid will allow us to investigate how we are going to do this is the face of dwindling funding and cuts to services. Working together and speaking the same language is key.”

If you are affected by domestic abuse contact NDADA confidentially on 01271 321946 or go to www.ndada.co.uk.

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