Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has today begun a three-year national programme designed to improve responses to domestic abuse and strengthen the sector. It will invest £3 million over three years in domestic abuse sector organisations.
The Foundation has 30 years experience of funding individual domestic abuse charities. Its concerns for the sector’s future were raised in its recent report, Expert Yet Undervalued and On the Front Line. It argues that, with reduced funding and poor public commissioning, the survival of specialist charities is seriously threatened.
The new programme has begun with an initial investment of £800,000.
This will support and expand a partnership between Women’s Aid and Imkaan to enable small and specialist charities tackling domestic abuse to better prepare for, adapt and compete for funding contracts across England. In Wales, Welsh Women’s Aid is also being supported to help charities prepare for new commissioning arrangements.
In addition to the new funding, the Foundation is hoping to influence commissioning, policy and practice.
Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation, said:
“We are proud to be able to launch this new package of funding and advocacy for small and specialist domestic abuse charities which deliver life-saving services yet face uncertain futures. But as an independent funder our support can only go so far. With two women a week being killed by their partners and thousands more suffering domestic abuse, we need the government to take up the mantle in ensuring that those experiencing domestic abuse can access the support they need from the organisations best equipped to help them.
“The Prime Minister’s manifesto commitment to reforming domestic abuse commissioning was an important one, but now we need concrete action in the Spending Review later this month to guarantee the future of specialist services. Because without it they may not survive, which could have a catastrophic impact on those who need their help now and in the future.”
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