PM commits to end domestic violence refuge postcode lottery

New legal requirement requiring councils to house survivors of domestic abuse described as “life-saving” but questions remain about who will cover the bill. 

Lydia Morrish
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Why this story matters:

Domestic violence support services in England vary depending on where women live. Known as a “postcode lottery”, this is the case with many services, from IVF treatment to family support services, throughout the U.K.

But this is set to change under new plans announced by British prime minister Theresa May.

She is making it a legal requirement for councils in England to provide secure homes to victims of domestic abuse.

This hopefully sets a precedent for the rest of the U.K. and Ireland, and puts an end to unfair access inequalities.

However, there are questions as to how the PM intends to fund this measure, as local councils have seen their budgets slashed in recent years. 

Details from the story:

  • Prime Minister Theresa May is making it a legal requirement for councils in England to provide refuge for women fleeing violent homes and domestic abuse.
  • This will end a "postcode lottery" that sees women receive varying services and access to shelters depending on where they live.
  • In a message to victims, Theresa May said: "Whoever you are, wherever you live and whatever the abuse you face, you will have access to the services you need to be safe."
  • Charlotte Kneer, a survivor of domestic abuse, said the news "absolutely momentous". She added that the plans will be “life-saving” given that access to refuges has been limited.
  • Some critics however are pointing out that government cuts to council budgets have led to the reduction of refuge services.
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