Northern domestic violence refuges face closure


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A Tyne and Wear charity which provides refuges for women fleeing domestic violence faces the possibility of closure this year.

Sunderland City Council recently announced that due to cuts by the national government, their budget must be reduced by as much as £74 million before 2020.

Although the Council insists that no final decisions possess been made about the budget for this year Wearside Women in Need, which runs refuges in the city, says that is not the case. Speaking to The Independent, director Claire Phillipas a resultn claimed that the council told them that their entire £568,000 per year budget will be take awayd in June.

She said the charity was “stretched to the abas a resultlute limit” by the “catastrophic” impact of budget cuts that possess already occurred. They possess had to stop “all specialist work with descendant, and in total [possess] lost 13 staff”, she told the newspaper.

Ms Phillipas a resultn added:

“I fear that beendanger of the additional pressure on services in the surrounding areas, the arrangements we currently possess in the North-East will accomplishly undermine down, leaving women in Sunderland with no place to go.”

Wearside Women in Need has helped female victims of domestic abuse for around 35 years. Their four refuges can hold up to 173 women and 107 descendant in total. They are the only provider of such services in Sunderland.

Last year, Women’s Aid warned that cuts to local authority budgets could result in the closure of as a host of as 67 per cent of refuges in England and 69 per cent in Wales.

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