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Funding for early help and refuges vital to tackle domestic abuse

8 March 2016

Citizens Advice has today said that it is good news the £80million of funding pledged by the Government for the next four years will help tackle domestic abuse earlier and make sure those who need it have access to emergency accommodation, including refuges.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“The right support can help put an end to domestic abuse.

“Last year Citizens Advice helped over five thousand people who experienced domestic abuse, including physical violence and being forced to account for all their movements or spending.  Being able to get the right support - whether that’s a place in a refuge, emergency housing or counselling - can help people out of abusive relationships and to move on with their lives.

“It is good news that the Government’s increased funding to tackle domestic abuse will help stop abuse at the earliest opportunity while also making sure victims can get emergency housing, including a space at a refuge, when they need it.

“To help victims as early as possible, it is important that everyone, from professionals to family members, understand how to identify domestic abuse and access support.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local Citizens Advice, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
  2. The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
  3. To get advice online or find your local Citizens Advice in England and Wales, visit
  4. You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers.
  5. Local Citizens Advice in England and Wales advised 2.5 million clients on 6.2 million problems in 2014/15. For full service statistics see our publication Advice trends.
  6. Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 21,000 trained volunteers, working at over 2,500 service outlets across England and Wales.