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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 05:19 GMT 06:19 UK
Women's refuge gets council boost
Domestic violence
The charity took in more than 300 women and children in 2004
A charity which helps women suffering from domestic violence in Leeds has been given 18,000 by the city council.

Leeds Women's Aid offers accommodation to women and children made homeless because of domestic violence.

It also offers support and information to those seeking help or considering their options.

The money will be put towards furnishing the charity's new 1m refuge which will provide 10 self-contained apartments for victims.

'Hidden' victims

Leeds City Council leader Andrew Carter said: "I am delighted we have been able to award this money to the Leeds Women's Aid which will use it to help a very vulnerable, and often hidden, section of society.

"Victims of domestic violence should not have to suffer in silence and charities which offer assistance and advice deserve all the help and support they can get."

Rosie Robinson, director of Leeds Women's Aid, said: "The money will allow us to furnish the new refuge and really make it a safe and comfortable place for the many women and children who we provide a valuable service for."

The refuge will be available to women across the Yorkshire and Humber region and will provide accommodation which is one of the most private in the UK.

The charity has housed 6,500 women and 10,500 children in its refuges since it was formed more than 30 years ago.

In 2004, 738 women benefited from its community support service and 109 women and 203 children lived in its refuges.


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