Yardley MP Jess Phillips spoke at a reception held to celebrate the new refuge, 'Jane's Place'.
In Burnley, specialist refuges have been looking for ways to expand the range of services that they are able to offer to victims of domestic violence and 'Jane’s Place' is part of a vision to do more. The Refuge, which opened on Friday 16th June 2017, is called Jane’s Place in memory of Jane Clough who was brutally killed by her ex-partner in 2010.
It is the first of its kind in the North of England, and offers safe and secure temporary accommodation for women and children at risk of domestic abuse, who have additional complex needs such as drug or alcohol use, self-harming, offending behaviours, sex working, grooming, trafficking, or a combination of these factors.
Women with complex needs are often unable to stay at communal refuges, as their high level needs can impact on other families in refuge. The refuge will deliver in house domestic abuse support alongside drug, alcohol and mental health recovery programmes, supporting women and children’s recovery to take back control of their lives, and move forward positively.
Jess Phillips MP said:
"It was an honour to speak at today's reception in honour of 'Jane's Place'. The fact that this refuge has opened gives me great hope for victims of domestic abuse, and highlights how crucial support for victims with complex needs really is."