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PRESS STATEMENT: Thursday 25th November, 2010

Coalition Government announcement on the Call to End Violence against Women and Girls Strategy

Diana Barran, Chief Executive of CAADA said: “The past few years have seen nothing short of a transformation in the way this country responds to victims of domestic abuse. We warmly welcome the announcement today by the Home Secretary that the Government proposes to keep funding vital domestic abuse services over the next four years. We believe this approach will reinforce the ability of services that work tirelessly to help save lives and public money in the coming years.

We particularly welcome three features of the statement:

  • A focus on prioritizing the use of public funds on risk reduction in its broadest sense, beyond a focus on criminal justice. We know that no one agency has the solution to this complex issue and it is important to identify and prioritise the most vulnerable people. Only by coordinated action between agencies can victims get the effective support they need.
  • A focus on partnership working, without which 11,000 victims in the last year alone would not be as safe as they are today. We know that victims need the best of public and voluntary agencies working together to make a real difference to victim safety and to enable them to live safely in their homes.
  • A new commitment to stable funding over a four year period. This means that services will be better able to plan their activity more effectively, focusing their time and energy on support that makes the biggest difference to victim safety rather than ongoing cycles of funding applications.

This approach supports our work to help save lives and money and we look forward to discussing details of how this broad plan will work in practice.

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