We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
How much money has the Government spent funding services for male victims of domestic and sexual violence including refuge in the UK in 2011, not including money for perpetrator programmes and services and how much money was spent on female victims of domestic and sexual violence, including refuge in 2011.
We released the following information on 29 February 2012.
In the financial years 2011-13, £225,000 is being allocated (across two years) to support voluntary sector organisations target services at male victims of domestic and sexual violence. This money will help provide support, aid preventative work and raise awareness.
The Home Office is providing £28m of stable funding for specialist services over the next four years. This includes £20m of funding to local areas to support independent domestic violence adviser (IDVA) posts, independent sexual violence adviser (ISVA) posts and the role of multi-agency risk assessment conference (MARAC) co-ordinators. We have also made £900,000 of Home Office funding available per year over the next four years to support national helplines.
The Government have also committed to four years funding, of £120,000 per year, to support both the Men’s Advice Line for all men who experience violence from a current or ex-partner, plus Broken Rainbow which provides advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people affected by domestic violence.
The Ministry of Justice is providing a total of £29.4 million in grant funding over the next three years to 110 voluntary sector organisations which were successful in the Victim & Witness General Fund. These organisations include those providing support to male victims of domestic violence and sexual violence. Information about all the successful organisations can be found online at:
The Department of Communities and Local Government does not hold information centrally on the funding of Refuges. Decisions on the provision of refuge spaces are a local matter. It is the responsibility of the individual local authority to identify any gaps in service provision and put in place appropriate solutions to address this. We would expect local authorities to build services based on the needs of their communities, taking account of locally available information.