Welcome to another week.
The government has pledged an additional £6 million to help councils support child and adult survivors of abuse in preparation for the launch of the Domestic Abuse Act. The bill places a legal duty on councils to help such victims.
The funding will enable councils in England to provide additional support for those affected by domestic abuse who might be refused help from refuges and other safe accommodation because their needs cannot be met.
Councils will be able to connect to other agencies such as the police or health commissioners to deliver the statutory support.
The press release says the funding is part of a £76 million COVID-19 emergency package which includes a £10 million emergency fund to support domestic abuse victims and their families during the pandemic.
Our question this week, is just this: how would you like the referral process to work?