BIG supports people affected by domestic abuse

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Up to £8 million of Lottery money is to be spent on supporting people affected by domestic abuse across Scotland through the Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Becoming a Survivor scheme.

Opening to applications from today Becoming a Survivor will make grants from £10,000 to £1 million to help support people affected by domestic abuse and survivors of domestic abuse to be in a home of their choice and help them to move on with their lives both practically and emotionally.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen says, “Across Scotland there are almost 60,000 recorded incidents of domestic abuse each year and research shows that victims of domestic abuse often feel unsafe in their own homes. Through Becoming a Survivor BIG has up to £8 million in National Lottery funding available to support people affected by domestic abuse.

“We believe this funding will make a difference to many people who have been affected by domestic abuse helping them to feel both practically and emotionally supported and in the long term we hope it may help give them a brighter future.”

Becoming a Survivor will provide support to men, women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse which has long been recognised as a major contributory factor to homelessness. Through Becoming a Survivor the Big Lottery Fund will support multi agency approaches to projects that help people who have experienced domestic abuse be in a home of their choice and provide them with the practical and emotional support necessary to make that choice successful and sustainable.

Scottish Women’s Aid Policy Worker, Jo Ozga adds, “ Domestic abuse is the fourth most common reason for making a homeless application in Scotland, with three quarters of applications being made by women. For many women ending an abusive relationship requires them to leave their home and for their children it often means leaving their school, their friends and community. The Becoming a Survivor scheme recognises the wider impact of domestic abuse and will support those affected to move to a more secure future.”

For more details regarding Becoming a Survivor go to

Becoming a Survivor closes to applications on June 28, 2013

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