The council took part in the 16 Days of Activism against gender violence last November to raise awareness of domestic abuse.
A cash boost of £155,000 has been given to services offering support to residents facing domestic abuse.
The extra money from the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund will be used by the council to fund three additional domestic violence case workers specialising in mental health and working with the Somali community.
The council works with charity Solace Women’s Aid, to provide a range of services offering practical and emotional help to build safe and strong lives free from abuse and violence. The funding will ensure all service users have an up-to-date risk assessment and individual support plan.
During the pandemic, charities reported a sharp increase in demand for services, with some victims feeling at greater risk of harm or deciding to report abuse for the first time. National charity Refuge reported a 61 per cent increase in calls to their helpline.
Since the new case workers started last November, 32 referrals have been received and ongoing support provided to 29 survivors.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
“No-one should be living in fear of violence. We are working hard with our partners, including Solace Women’s Aid, to make sure help and support is available for those who need it, and this extra funding will provide an important boost to the support that we can offer.”
Cllr Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety added:
“We welcome the extra support from the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund as nationally lockdown has put victims at higher risk of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse has a significant impact on emotional, physical, social and financial wellbeing, as well as affecting other relationships. Having additional caseworkers will mean we can help to protect and support more residents.”
If you are suffering from domestic abuse, please contact Tower Hamlets Solace Advocacy and Support Service on 020 3795 5054 or 999 in emergencies.
Posted on Monday 31st January 2022