Thank you for contacting me about the impact of the cost of living on domestic abuse victims.
Domestic abuse is a devastating crime that ruins lives. I can assure you that tackling domestic abuse is a top priority for this Government. my colleagues are working tirelessly across Government to ensure victims, survivors and their families get the support they need.
I understand that the Government has introduced a new 'Tackling Domestic Abuse Plan' includes over £230 million of investment in tackling domestic abuse and seeks to transform the whole of society’s response to domestic abuse. It will prevent offending from happening in the first place, support victims and survivors when it does occur, pursue perpetrators in order to prevent reoffending, and develop and strengthen the multi-agency, society-wide system needed to combat these pervasive, often hidden crimes.
The Government has also committed to doubling funding for the National Domestic Abuse Helpline. Together with the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office will provide multi-year funding for support services. This will offer more stability and consistency for service users, as services will not be dependent on yearly grants. It will help to ensure delivery of high-quality support throughout any increases in the cost of living.
Further the Home Office is establishing trials of a 'flexible fund' which charities could use to provide extra money to victims and survivors in light of cost-of-living pressures. This money could be used to help them flee an abuser.
I can assure you I will continue to monitor this issue closely.