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Domestic Violence: Refuges

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many refuges for victims of domestic violence there were in each year since 1997. (254907)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department does not record these figures.

There is a range of support for victims of domestic violence. Some victims will be accommodated in refuges, but sanctuary schemes and mainstream local authority accommodation may be an option for others, while some victims will pursue independent solutions with help and advice from support schemes as necessary.

A national survey of refuge places in 1998 showed that there were 409 domestic violence refuge properties in England with approximately 7,269 bed-spaces.

The Department have recently commissioned new research that will identify the current housing options available to households at risk of domestic violence, and to assess whether this provision meets current need. It will involve establishing the extent and type of temporary and settled accommodation available for households at risk of domestic violence in England, including the provision of housing related support services delivered to both temporary and settled accommodation, and to households’ own homes.

In 2003 the Government announced major investment in refuge provision in England in 2003 to 2006. A total of £34 million capital was allocated and 511 units of accommodation were refurbished or newly built. More recently the Hostels Capital Improvement programme (2005 to 2007) funded six new and refurbished refuges at a cost of £4 million.

The Department for Communities and Local Government provides essential revenue support for victims of domestic violence through the Supporting People Programme—£64.5 million in 2007-08 up from £61.6 million in 2006-07.