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Domestic abuse charity to close children’s services


Bristol-based domestic abuse service Survive is due to close four of its six children’s services, after funding from two private donors worth £250,000 fell through.

If alternative funding cannot be found then the programmes, aimed at children and young people exposed to domestic abuse, will have to be wound down on 1 July.

Survive has provided support and advice to victims of abuse in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area for 40 years. They currently operate three refuges and help around 1,500 people a year – however, this could fall to 200 with the recent loss of funding.

Children’s services are vital

Barcan+Kirby works with Survive on a regular basis, providing a range of legal support to victims and their children, as well as providing advice at Survive’s weekly drop-in sessions.

Tom Powles, Family Partner and head of Barcan+Kirby’s domestic abuse team, commented:

“It’s clear that the current funding environment is a challenging one, but it is still disappointing to see that over half of Survive’s children’s services are closing due to a lack of donor funds.

Domestic violence doesn’t just affect the partners involved – it has a huge impact on their children too. Children and young people’s services such as Survive’s are a vital part of keeping all family members safe from abuse.

We hope that talks between Survive and South Gloucestershire Council prove productive and some of the services due to close can be salvaged.”

Further information

You can read more about the work that Survive does in Bristol and South Gloucestershire via their website.

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and want to know more about the legal options available to you (including Legal Aid), complete our contact form or call 0117 325 2929 to speak to one of our expert family solicitors.

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