Responding to the government’s new plan to tackle domestic violence, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Home Affairs Christine Jardine said:
“People up and down the country live in fear because of domestic violence. This money will be welcome relief, and hopefully will mean that people get the help they need.
“The lockdown has made the situation much worse for survivors and the refuges that seek to help them.
"Although it is a good start, many will wonder why it took the government so long to take these steps. It is also important that this is only the beginning of a more comprehensive project to stop domestic violence, which will need more investment.
“It is also absolutely crucial that the government makes sure all survivors can access services by suspending the No Recourse to Public Funds rule and that we ensure people who work in refuges are given key worker status."