Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the Chancellor's commitment in the Budget to grant £190,000 for the Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) to provide support to victims of domestic abuse in South East Hampshire.
SDAS provides services to women, children and men who have experienced or who are experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their relationships. They manage refuges offering support and temporary accommodation to women and children who are escaping domestic abuse as well as offering outreach to women, children and men not staying in the refuge but still in need of advice, support and information.
Caroline recently visited both the Gosport and Fareham refuges to meet with the support and outreach workers who support domestic abuse victims in the local community. She is a keen supporter of the charity and wrote to the Chancellor in February endorsing SDAS's application for Tampon Tax funding.
Commenting on the announcement, Caroline said:
"I am delighted that the Chancellor has recognised the incredibly important work of the Southern Domestic Abuse Service in protecting people in our local area who are vulnerable to domestic violence. The services they provide can be life-saving and it is right that we ensure victims are safe and can access emotional and practical support from staff who understand what they have been through."
If you are affected by domestic abuse you can contact SDAS on 01329 285375 or for more information please visit http://www.southerndas.org/.