Words: Steve Brown
LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse will get more help in South Yorkshire after receiving government funding.
Nearly £113,000 has been given to the local charity SAYiT by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government to help LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse find accommodation and recover from the abuse.
Alison Higgins, strategic commissioning manager for domestic and sexual abuse at Sheffield City Council, said in a report: “Local specialist charity SAYiT is a long-standing LGBT+ organisation in Sheffield and the only LGBT+ support provider in the county.
“This funding will enable SAYiT to establish a project that will support persons in the LGBT+ community who are victims of domestic abuse to access refuges and safe accommodation.
“LGBT+ victims of domestic abuse can experience a range of health inequalities as a result of their situation including poor physical and mental health and substance misuse issues.
“It will ensure support offered is appropriate and sensitive to their needs by increasing the skills and knowledge of staff in refuges, housing providers and homelessness teams across the four local authorities in South Yorkshire.”