More than £1.1m is being invested in providing safe accommodation and support for victims of domestic abuse and their children in Leicestershire.
The funding will ensure they are able to access much-needed support such as therapy and counselling, as well as a safe place to live.
Leicestershire County Council is now seeking feedback from anyone who has used domestic support services in the area in the past, to help shape the new plans.
The council has been allocated more than £1.1m from a £125m government funding pot so it can carry out a new duty placed on councils as part of the landmark Domestic Abuse Act, which aims to strengthen the support offered to victims.
The county’s seven district councils were also granted nearly £230,000 in total.
It’s vital we do what we can to support and protect victims of domestic abuse and their families and we welcome this funding, which will go a long way to help them recover and rebuild their lives.Person:Deborah Taylor, Leicestershire County Council lead member for children and families
“We’d really appreciate your feedback if you have used our domestic abuse support services before. You can talk to us in confidence and help provide some valuable insight to help us focus our resources and make improvements if needed.
Plans for additional support in Leicestershire include more accommodation for families in need, specialist mental health support workers for children and a substance misuse worker to support families who need it.
If you live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland and have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse, you can contact the UAVA helpline on 0808 8020028 or by emailing
If you’ve have used domestic abuse support services in Leicestershire and would like to help shape the new services, you can share your experiences in confidence via email