Lottery funds abuse survivor scheme

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Local MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the announcement from Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director Jackie Killeen of up to £8 million of Lottery money which will be spent on supporting people affected by domestic abuse across Scotland through the Becoming a Survivor scheme.

Becoming a Survivor will make grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help support people affected by domestic abuse and survivors of domestic abuse to be in a home of their choice and help them to move on with their lives both practically and emotionally.

Commenting on the announcement Mr Ingram said:

“Becoming a Survivor will provide support to men, women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse which has long been recognised as a major contributory factor to homelessness. Through Becoming a Survivor the Big Lottery Fund will support multi agency approaches to projects that help people who have experienced domestic abuse be in a home of their choice and provide them with the practical and emotional support necessary to make that choice successful and sustainable.

“Across Scotland there are almost 60,000 recorded incidents of domestic abuse each year and research shows that victims of domestic abuse often feel unsafe in their own homes.

“Domestic abuse is the fourth most common reason for making a homeless application in Scotland, with three quarters of applications being made by women. For many women ending an abusive relationship requires them to leave their home and for their children it often means leaving their school, their friends and community. The Becoming a Survivor scheme recognises the wider impact of domestic abuse and will support those affected to move to a more secure future.

“This funding will go some way in making a difference to many people who have been affected by domestic abuse helping them to feel both practically and emotionally supported and in the long term, it may help give them a brighter future.”