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Further £20 million pledged to combat domestic violence and support victims

Total funding will have reached £100 million by 2020

In his Budget speech, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that a further sum of £20 million will be made available to support organisations working to combat domestic violence and abuse or supporting victims. This increases the total funding for implementing the government's Ending Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy to £100 million by the end of Parliament.

On the new domestic violence fund, the Prime Minister said:

"Tackling domestic violence and abuse is a key priority for this government. I attach a personal importance to this issue, through my time as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister.

"Our work in government has the potential to completely transform the way we think about and tackle domestic violence and abuse.

"There are currently thousands of people across Britain who are reading this right now and who suffer at the hands of abusers. I know they feel isolated and do not know where to turn for help. Raising awareness as well as strengthening the law will prove crucial in the fight against this life shattering and abhorrent crime."

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, responded to the announcement:

"Refuge welcomed the news, revealed by Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of the Spring Budget, that £20 million will be made available to address domestic violence and abuse. Theresa May has been a champion for victims of domestic violence for many years, first as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister; on International Women's Day, it is fantastic to see once again her commitment to tackling a horrendous crime that kills two women every single week.

"Over the last few years, specialist domestic violence services across the country have experienced severe funding cuts. In some local authority areas, refuges have been totally lost. Today's announcement shows the Government is listening to what the women and children Refuge supports really need. Refuge hopes that the Government will develop a sustainable funding strategy for refuge provision. Only then will women and children be able to access the safety and support they deserve.

"As the country's largest provider of specialist domestic violence services, Refuge looks forward to working with the Government to ensure all its plans to support survivors of abuse – including the proposed Domestic Violence and Abuse Act – have the needs of women and children front and centre."