Stevenage awarded domestic abuse funding

21 Feb 2017

Stevenage Borough Council and its partners have been awarded more than £100,000 to provide extra support to victims of domestic abuse.

The council applied for funding from Department for Communities and Local Government to support Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse’s (SADA) Space initiative and the project is one of 76 across the country to receive a share of £20 million.

SADA’s Space project will provide victims of domestic abuse from Stevenage and Welwyn and Hatfield with a safe and secure place to stay where they can make important decisions on their futures in emergency situations. Accommodation is available for seven days depending on a person’s need and will be adapted to cater for both individuals and families with young children and for both female and male victims.

Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council and Chair of SADA, said: “Since April last year SADA has supported 66 people and of those 20 would have benefited from the Space project. This funding is vital in our efforts to provide even more support to victims of domestic abuse in the area and will allow them to feel safe while making vital decisions on their future and safety.”  

Partners involved in the Space project include Stevenage Borough Council, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Stevenage Against Domestic Abuse (SADA), Hightown Pretorian and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

A Domestic Abuse Conference aimed at sharing survivor of domestic abuse stories takes place in the Council Chamber at Daneshill House on Thursday 23 February from 9am to 12pm. Speakers include Cllr Sharon Taylor, SADA, Mankind, Stefanou Foundation and The Change Project. If you would like to attend please call 01438 242393.