London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a new fund to enable the provision of specialist support services, including support designed for survivors with complex needs and a new service for male victims of intimate partner violence (sometimes referred to as domestic abuse).

The press release, which was published yesterday, said that more than 6,000 Londoners would be able to benefit from the newly offered services, following a 7% increase in intimate partner violence-related (IPV) offences in 2021 compared to those before the pandemic with IPV accounting for one in eight of all recorded crime last year.

In the release Khan, said: “In London and across the country we are facing an epidemic of violence against women and girls. Refuges and specialist services supporting victims are still dealing with the increase in demand during the pandemic, and the number of people needing their support continues to rise.”

Ippo Panteloudakis, Respect, Head of Services said: “Respect’s Men’s Advice Line has been supporting male victims to get to a place of safety. Prior to this scheme there was no emergency accommodation for male victims of domestic abuse. The number of men finding refuge through this scheme shows how vital this service is.”

Diana Nammi, Executive Director, IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organisation said: This funding will enable us to continue operating our specialist refuge for Middle Eastern, North African and Afghan women and girls at risk of “honour” based abuse and domestic abuse. This funding provides a lifeline for women who are at serious risk of harm and will enable them to rebuild their lives and thrive.”

You can access the press release here.