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Minister for Women and Equalities Nicky Morgan said:
'Specialist refuges can mean the difference between life and death for some victims of domestic abuse, and today’s £10 million funding will help councils maintain this vital national network and ensure support is provided wherever it is needed.
This government has made changes to safeguard vulnerable victims and today is another example of our commitment to ensuring we have a strong safety net for anyone who finds themselves in a situation so fearful they are forced to flee their home.'
Communities Minister Stephen Williams said:
'The government is absolutely committed to ending violence against women and girls. We know that there is more to be done and we are determined to relentlessly drive a culture change to support victims and survivors.
I want women and girls to know that if they ever suffer the horrific ordeal of domestic violence and need a safe place to stay there is always one available, and that they will be offered the expert advice and support they need to rebuild their lives.
This additional funding will provide victims with immediate support and ensure they can feel safe and secure.'
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'Violence against women and girls has absolutely no place in our communities and we are determined to end it wherever it occurs.
Today’s £10 million funding will help provide safe havens for women at risk of domestic violence, while our continued efforts both in the UK and internationally will help bring an end to female genital mutilation and other so-called honour-based violence.'
Explains the changes to the way courts deal with domestic violence