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On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Government announced a £10 million fund to support women’s refuges in 100 areas across England for them to continue to provide safe havens for women at risk of domestic violence.
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary has written to 326 councils in England and Wales to remind them of their legal duty to house women and children fleeing domestic violence.
“Specialist Refuges can mean the difference between life and death for some victims of domestic abuse” Pickles said.
Statistics cited by SODA (Survivors of Domestic Abuse) states that at least 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime with two women killed each week by a current or former partner.
Mr Pickles said with victims of domestic violence making an average 32 attempts to leave before they make their final escape, councils must do everything in their power to ensure there is nothing to prevent a woman from taking the vital steps to safety.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, we can offer confidential advice from experienced solicitors who can offer sensitive support which may include making an application for a non-molestation order. The word ‘molestation’ covers not only violence and threats of violence but also pestering. An application can also be made for an occupation order which can exclude a party from occupation of the home.
Despite legal aid being withdrawn in other areas of family law, it is still available for victims of domestic abuse and emergency applications can be made in urgent cases.
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