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The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has commissioned Ipsos Mori to provide an audit of domestic abuse services in England. Ipsos Mori will be contacting domestic abuse council leads in the coming weeks about this audit. The evidence from the audit will be fed into the review of the current approach to refuge provision in England.
The MHCLG is funding 80 projects around the country, covering 258 local authorities, which will provide support to over 19,000 victims.
Examples include The Suffolk Satellite Accommodation and Support Concept. This is a partnership between Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and seven district councils, with support from the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Phoebe, Anglia Care Trust and local refuges.
This project aims to provide more accommodation for victims of domestic abuse who do not meet the criteria to be supported in refuge accommodation. Extra housing will be sourced through the local authority, registered social landlords and the private rented sector. Working closely with existing refuges, the aim is to create a flexible alternative that also offers specialist support to victims with complex needs.