Councils will get an extra £6m to fulfil new duties set out in the government’s Domestic Abuse Bill.
If the bill passes in Parliament, councils in England will have to provide support and safe accommodation for abuse survivors and their families.
The new funding is intended to help councils to plan services ahead of the duty coming into force in April 2020.
Charities and councils welcomed the announcement but called for wider funding of domestic abuse programmes.
The government says it expects the bill to help thousands more people.
The additional money comes on top of a £10m emergency fund given to councils to help domestic abuse survivors during the pandemic, which has seen a dramatic increase in people looking for support.
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The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said the emergency funding had provided an extra