Domestic violence victims to get emergency aid from Tower Hamlets council

Tower Hamlets council

Tower Hamlets council - Credit: Archant

Victims of domestic violence and women abused on the streets of London’s East End are to get an emergency bed for the night and legal help from the town hall.

A community safety team run by Tower Hamlets council has been given £65,000 by Whitehall as additional funding to help victims.

The cash is being used for a pilot project offering support with accommodation and legal help.

Tower Hamlets cabinet member Shiria Khatun, responsible for community safety, said: “This additional government finance means we’re able to pay for emergency beds and a support worker for those disadvantaged and experiencing abuse.”

Emergency beds are being given to the most vulnerable who have no support elsewhere, until their needs are addressed.

Priority is going to homeless women and those affected by drugs and alcohol abuse, mental health, prostitution or poverty.

Tower Hamlets is one of 46 local authorities sharing a £3.5m hand-out by the Department for Communities.