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Visit by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd

July 20, 2019

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Advance was visited by Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd following an announcement of a shake-up to the Universal Credit system designed to help victims of domestic abuse.

Domestic abuse is often more than just physical, it can also include financial abuse and control. Amber Rudd, therefore promised Universal Credit payments to go straight to Primary Carers, who are often women and often more likely to be victims of domestic abuse. This will allow for those individuals to have more control of their finances.

On her visit, she met with frontline support workers and heard first-hand accounts from survivors of abuse who are currently being helped by Advance.

Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said: 

“Domestic abuse is a despicable crime that often happens behind closed doors, making it incredibly difficult to detect. By ensuring there is a specially trained domestic abuse support officer in every UK jobcentre, we are increasing the likelihood that someone will spot the tell-tale signs and get support to the victim quickly.

“And with the automatic recommendation that payments are to go to the main carer, we’re making it easier for women to build the financial independence they need to leave their abuser.”

Niki Scordi, Chief Executive of Advance said:

“For women escaping domestic abuse, help needs to be where they are – whether a GP surgery or a jobcentre. Training like this can help change and even save lives.

“With jobcentres and specialist services like Advance working together, women and children can be supported to rebuild their lives.”

Read more about the increased jobcentre support for women experiencing domestic abuse