By Will Bradley
John Glen MP visited the Salisbury Women’s Refuge on July 15 to outline his stance with concerned staff about potential cuts after the EU referendum.
Salisbury Women’s Refuge provides safe accommodation and support for up to 11 women and children.
Located in a large house on the outskirts of Salisbury, accommodation is provided for women and children fleeing domestic abuse, including honour-based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.
The accommodation is secure and is staffed 24 hours a day. The refuge helps women claim benefits, live independently and with housing needs.
Mrs Mary Paisey, chairman of the refuge revealed she is concerned about potential funding cuts.
“We are concerned about funding,” Mary revealed to Valley News.
“We are one of the very few fully-staffed, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year centres,” she added.
The house is owned by the Diocese and opened in 1984 with a £100 loan.
Sue Cox (pictured), manager of the centre, invited John Glen to learn more of the future of funding in domestic abuse following the result of the EU referendum.
“We invited John Glen – to get to know more about the future of funding domestic abuse, we are concerned about the EU result. Funding is being cut, right, left and centre.
“We are asking questions of the government but are remaining positive. Teresa May has been supportive throughout.
“We believe what we do is unique and covers the whole of the UK for high-risk vulnerable people.”
“Staff costs add a huge financial impact. People tell us they feel safe here and are ready to start their lives again,” Sue added.
John Glen enjoyed the frank exchange with Sue Cox as he clarified the funding challenges the organisation faced.
“I was delighted to visit Salisbury’s Women’s Refuge again,” he told Valley News.
“I had a very useful discussion with Sue and the chair of trustees on the funding challenges in the face of uncertainty over future funding for supported living.
“I will be doing all I can to make the case for continued support for the refuge as they deal with the most vulnerable in our society when other support may not be accessible,” John added.
For more information about the Women’s refuge visit: www.salisburywomensrefuge.co.uk