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Refuge boost for abuse victims
A scene from a Scottish Executive anti-abuse campaign
A scene from a Scottish Executive anti-abuse campaign
Domestic abuse victims are set to benefit from a larger number of new and refurbished refuges financed by a 12m Scottish Executive pledge.

The money, which will be spent over four years, will be used primarily to transform current dormitory style accommodation into individual apartments.

The move is one of several recommendations set out in a recently published piece of research into the standard of domestic abuse refuges in Scotland.

Other initiatives being put forward include a telephone helpline, a high-profile advertising campaign and the introduction of support workers dedicated to children.

There are currently 115 refuges throughout Scotland with another 40 under development to help women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

The report's findings will be used to help shape government thinking on future provision.

Tailored support

Deputy Communities Minister Mary Mulligan said improving the refuge provision for victims was a priority.

"Refuges provide vital support and a stepping stone for women and children who are fleeing the trauma of domestic abuse," she said.

"We devised our 12m refuge programme taking their views into account and are working to phase out the use of old-style hostels, by refurbishing and building new purpose built accommodation.

"This report will help ensure the agenda continues to be driven forward and will enlighten future refuge provision so that women, children and young people get the right support, tailored to meet their needs."

BBC Scotland's Jane Chilton
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