South Norfolk Council has secured £91,961 of Government funding to support women who are victims of domestic violence.
The money will increase the accommodation offered to victims by Orwell Housing and enhance the support and facilities available to women and children in the district.
It will also mean victims will receive greater support, help and advice, as the money will pay for a dedicated support worker who will help victims get back on their feet after they move out of the refuge.
South Norfolk Councillor Yvonne Bendle, said: “We are determined to do all we can to keep victims of abuse and their children safe from harm, and provide them with a strong network of support and somewhere safe to turn.
“Domestic violence can happen to anyone, mostly happens behind closed doors and often goes unreported. We want people who are suffering to know that you are not alone and we can help. Reporting these issues can be the first step to changing your future.”
The new support worker will be trained as one of the county’s domestic abuse champions and will have strong links to South Norfolk Council’s Early Help Hub - a dedicated multi-agency team including social workers, GPs and the Police, that work together to tackle a range of problems early, before they escalate.
South Norfolk Council was Norfolk’s only district to win funding from the Government..