Stoke & Staffordshire

New domestic abuse refuge in Stafford given £117,000 grant

A new refuge for victims of domestic violence has been given a government grant of nearly £117,000.

Stafford Borough Council said its bid for the money was accepted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

The money will be used for a new refuge in Stafford, which will be able to accommodate up to 12 families and is set to open later this year.

The council said it would also help improve services at an existing refuge.

The bid followed the DCLG's allocation of £10m for councils across the country to help victims of domestic violence, the council said.

The authority has been working with several partners, including Staffordshire Women's Aid which will run the refuge.

Dickie James, the chief executive of Staffordshire Women's Aid, said: "It will mean we have breathing space to plan and develop our new refuge in Stafford and continue to support vulnerable women and children towards safe, independent futures.

"We are now working hard to fundraise to equip and furnish the new refuge."

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