SOUTHAMPTON city council, along with other partners and local authorities, have received over £600,000 in a bid to aid refuge for victims of domestic abuse.
As part of a 20 million national fund from the Department for Communities & Local Government, £661,000 has been given to help improve services such as safer alternative accommodation, better outreach services and sanctuary schemes for those who are in need.
Portsmouth City Council, the Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire County Council and other voluntary partners will also receive a portion of the money to help people in their areas.
The funding will aid the availability of specialised teams that can support the victims of domestic abuse including those with complex needs.
Male victims who currently have no local services and families with male children over 16 years old will also be supported.
Over the last five years the number of domestic violence crimes in Southampton has almost doubled with 1,215 incidents in 2012 compared to 2,403 incidents in 2015, according to the council.
LWA (Living Without Abuse) states that domestic abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime. Domestic violence accounts for 16 per cent of all violent crime but it is still the least likely type to be reported to the police.
Southampton Women’s Aid provided support for over 160 women last year and handled over 500 calls. They also provided one-to-one support to 50 young people and 50 children.
If you are a victim of domestic violence or are in an abusive relationship, please call the local PIPPA Helpline on 02380917917.