The fund of £99,000 will be used towards accommodation in Salford for survivors of domestic abuse to help them find long term and safe housing.

The money will provide nine accommodation safe spaces and at least one will be used for emergencies when people have to leave on the same day.

The funding is directed at people who do not currently qualify for emergency accommodation, yet feel as though they have no choice but to return to abusive relationships.

Support from experienced and qualified staff will be available to domestic abuse survivors.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said:

“At the moment some people fleeing domestic abuse do not qualify for temporary accommodation under statutory provision. That can leave people feeling stuck in abusive relationships.

A lack of refuge places, affordable private sector tenancies or available social housing compounds this situation. People feel that they have no viable options available to them.”

Salford will work with partnering authorities which aims to help local people find refuge spaces in other areas in order to keep them safe from abusive partners.

Councillor David Lancaster continued:

“It’s a dreadful situation that needs to change but thanks to this funding, Salford City Council can now offer them a new service. Even if they are not classed as priority need under housing law we can now help them get into good quality, safe accommodation with the space and support they need to build a brighter future.

They will be supported by the Salford Supported Tenancies service which provides specialist support to anyone suffering homelessness and domestic abuse.

We want people to know that they do not have to put up with being controlled, threatened, hurt or generally abused. There is help available and there is always a way out.”

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