In response to the Chancellor’s welcomed announcement of a £750 million pot to support frontline charities, including those supporting domestic abuse victims during the coronavirus outbreak, the Violence Against Women & Girls sector has released a joint statement calling on the government to adhere to three core principles when making emergency funding available.
A long-term, sustainable funding model for VAWG services remains a fundamental priority and – as outlined in the report – must entail:
- urgent delivery to vital frontline services within the VAWG sector,
- £65 million of the Government’s £750 million pot allocated to support frontline charities must be ring-fenced specifically for the VAWG sector,
- funding must also be ring-fenced for specialist VAWG services led by and for BME women, deaf / disabled women, and LGBT survivors.