In partnership with Women’s Aid, the government has announced a £2million fund providing financial support to survivors of domestic abuse to help them flee from abusers and begin rebuilding their lives.
Survivors without the financial means to leave their abuser will be able to apply for a one-off payment of up to £500 to help pay for essential items such as groceries and nappies. There will also be an option to apply for a further one-off payment of up to £2,500 to secure longer-term safety, such as putting down a deposit for rental accommodation.
The scheme opens on 31st January 2024 and survivors will be able to apply via one of over 470 domestic abuse support services.
Nicole Jacobs, the Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales says: “I am delighted that the government is launching a Flexible Fund for 2024 following the success of last year’s scheme.
“This fund provides one-off urgent payments to victims of domestic abuse, many of whom report leaving their abuser with little or no belongings.
“It will be a lifeline for many, helping victims to flee abuse and rebuild their lives.
“I hope to see this critical funding reach as many victims and survivors as possible, including those who face the most significant barriers to support.”
Read a joint press release from Women’s Aid and the Home Office here.