A project supporting domestic abuse victims across Lichfield and Tamworth will be able to provide more “life-saving and life-changing” work after being boosted by more than £90,000 of Government funding.
The money has been secured by Tamworth Borough Council, in partnership with Lichfield District Council.
It will be used by the Pathway Project to allocate more places to women with additional needs across its 20 refuge units and house.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has awarded £92,600 to improve services to victims of domestic abuse who need extra help with issues such as substance misuse, mental health problems or disabilities, as well those from black and minority ethnic or LGBTQ communities.
Pathway Project director, Kathy Coe, said: “Refuge is sometimes the only way to safeguard a family from domestic abuse.
“Thanks to the funding we can now sustain our refuges and ensure they are able to meet the needs of some of the most vulnerable women and children in our communities.
“We are delighted that this vital life-saving and life-changing work can continue making a difference.”
The charity said demand for domestic abuse support in Lichfield and Tamworth is far greater than the help available.
In 2015/16, a total of 83 women and 90 children were supported, but applications were received from a further 216 families.
Cllr Doug Pullen, Cabinet Member for regulatory services, housing and wellbeing at Lichfield District Council, said: “This funding will mean so much to the Pathway Project and the work that they can do to support women from across Lichfield and Tamworth when they are at their most vulnerable.”