Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent

Victims of domestic abuse and their children will be guaranteed support from their council, as the government’s landmark Domestic Abuse Bill receives Royal Assent today, 29 April 2021, Housing Minister Eddie Hughes MP said.

Under the new Act, councils across England will have a legal duty to provide life-saving support such as therapy, advocacy and counselling in safe accommodation, including refuges.

The government has given councils their share of £125 million to fund the new duty, including commissioning additional vital support services for victims and improving links between existing local services. This is on top of a further £6 million given to councils last year to prepare for the duty to come into effect.

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