Ruth Hawkins, Founding Partner

New help for domestic abuse victims

Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP

It is often frustrating that a domestic abuse victim makes the decision to leave an abusive relationship, to break the cycle, only to find they can’t, because of money. But a new government initiative has been introduced to give much needed practical help with this. 

From 31 January, victims of domestic abuse who do not have the financial means to leave their abusers will be able to apply for a one-off payment of up to £500 via one of over 470 support services, for essential items such as groceries, nappies or support with new accommodation to help them and their children flee to safety.  

For the first time, victims can also apply for a further one-off payment of up to £2,500 to help secure a sustainable independent future, such as putting down a deposit for rental accommodation. This should help them move forward with their lives and prevent homelessness or pressure to return to their abusers because of financial strain. 

The fund will be delivered via referrals from a network of local frontline services in England and Wales including organisations, helplines and caseworkers who have a specialist understanding of domestic abuse.

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