17 Oct 2023
Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf MSP announced a £500,000 fund to help women fleeing domestic abuse.
Speaking at the SNP conference in Aberdeen, the First Minister set out details of the new Fund to Leave which will be piloted in Glasgow, South Lanarkshire, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire and Fife. It will be distributed by Women’s Aid and provide up to £1,000 per household to help cover the cost of essentials such as rent and clothing.
Reacting to the announcement Callum Chomczuk, national director at CIH Scotland said:
“We know that domestic abuse is the number one cause of homelessness for women in Scotland and we’ve been working with partners across the housing sector to better support victims of domestic abuse and prevent homelessness wherever possible.
“Poverty should never be a reason to stay trapped in an abusive relationship and this funding could be transformational for survivors of domestic abuse and their children, ensuring they can continue to live in their current home if they want to, or move more easily and put down roots in a new home.
“We welcome this announcement and hope to see access extended to everyone who needs support at such a crucial time.”