Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) has welcomed the decision of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to grant £500,000 to the district councils in Gloucestershire to help strengthen the accommodation-based domestic abuse service provision in the county.
This decision will mean that clients of GDASS, run by GreenSquare and support charity Splitz, will now have more access to more housing options and will enable the service to provide a quicker, more effective local response.
Emma Poole, Operations Manager at GreenSquare, said: “We are delighted that the district councils in Gloucestershire have been successful in receiving this funding. It will mean that victims of domestic abuse and their families will have more options when they are faced with having to leave their home.”
The five districts: Forest of Dean District Council; Tewkesbury Borough Council; Gloucester City Council; Cheltenham Borough Council; and Cotswold District Council have been awarded the grant to fund the development of dispersed refuges in each district (as well as Stroud district) for victims of domestic abuse both in and out of the county, who are seeking refuge in the area.
The funding will be used to subsidise the leasing costs of a number of fully furnished two- and three-bedroom properties, which can be used as temporary accommodation for victims. Alongside the current refuge in Stroud, agencies working with victims will have more housing options to enable a quicker, more effective local response
Emma continued: “Victims will now have the reassurance that these places of safety will be secure and that support from GDASS will be there when needed. With each property being self-contained, we will be able to offer refuge not only to women but to male victims, those with larger families or with older teenagers, and to victims that may have more complex needs”