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More support to help victims of domestic abuse

Nottingham City Homes has been awarded over £33,000, as part of emergency funding to support victims of violence throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

This money will go towards support for tenants who are the victims of domestic abuse. This includes emergency support, assisting with installation of special measures through the Sanctuary Scheme, housing advice, contact and personal support to survivors, as well as providing emotional support and guidance. 

The work has significantly increased under COVID-19 and NCH has devised a Domestic Abuse action plan working with partners and staff have had guidance and training on communicating with and supporting survivors.

The funding comes from Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who applied to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for urgent funding to help domestic abuse and sexual violence support services cope with soaring demand during the coronavirus.

NCH was successful in bidding for the funding and this will now help the service to continue to support vulnerable people and victims across the city.

Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes said: “Tackling domestic violence is a priority for us and we want to help protect our residents. This money will help us to make sure our staff in the community are trained to spot the signs of abuse and know how to communicate the support available effectively with survivors.

“Lockdown has been an extremely difficult time, with victims and charities nationally say they have seen an increase in domestic and sexual violence reports – plus isolation and difficulty in leaving partners or seeking help is a real issue. So it is so important that we have the right support in place for NCH residents and this funding will help towards that.”

Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottinghamshire, said: “The lockdown has put many people at increased risk of harm and it’s imperative that we have the right support mechanisms in place to help them. 

“I know that service providers have been working really hard to make sure that people can access their support services.  However, increased demand has meant that costs have risen over recent weeks, and I’m pleased to be able to provide additional funding to help maintain the service levels of this really effective scheme.”

The MoJ is investing £750m into third sector organisations which support vulnerable people across the UK to help providers meet increased demand during the coronavirus. 

If you are affected by domestic violence, we have advice on how we can help, and some useful links, on our Domestic abuse webpage