Government must expand emergency accommodation for people suffering domestic violence

Responding to Priti Patel’s announcement that the Home Office is working with charities to provide an extra £2m for domestic abuse support, Liberal Democrat’s Home Affairs Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: “This announcement is of course welcome, I am relieved the that the Home Secretary is taking steps to tackle the terrifying rise in domestic violence. 

Christine Jardine

“However, the Home Secretary can still go much further. For far too many people, their home is not a place of safety. Many thousands of people are in the horrific position of being isolated in the same place as their abuser.

“The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Home Office to work closely with hoteliers so that their hotels can be used as emergency accommodation, with the Government covering the costs.

“The Government must act now to ensure that anyone who feels threatened has a guarantee of shelter.”

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