A MAJOR cash injection will help tackle domestic abuse as part of Wednesday’s Autumn Statement – in a big victory for The Sun.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is expected to receive a boost of £2 million in new money helping survivors leave their partners.
So far the funding has helped 626 survivors who used the emergency cash to buy food, nappies or even put it towards rent as they looked for a new place to live.
They can apply for up to £500 in cash or voucher payments which are administered through the Women’s Aid charity.
The fund was first set up in March this year following our Give Me Shelter campaign.
The Sun has campaigned for 20 years on behalf of domestic abuse survivors from campaigns such as Save Our Shelters and Give Us Shelter.
Thousands of people across England and Wales are set to benefit.
He is also expected to announce £10 million of new funding to help improve support for survivors in the workplace.
The money will be given to charitable organisations who work with employers to raise awareness of the issues. Staff are also trained on how to identify any incidents concerning colleagues.
Figures show that 2.4 million adults over the age of 16 are understood to experience some kind of domestic abuse each year.
Surveys show between 36 per cent and 75 per cent of survivors are harassed while at work.
A new interactive tool is also expected to be launched by the end of the year on HMRC spotting those suffering from domestic economic abuse.
A Treasury source said: “No-one should suffer at the hands of their partner, and it’s only right we make sure there is support out there to help survivors through such a difficult time.”