THE government has given a grant of £90,000 to provide more safe accommodation and support in Trafford borough for women fleeing domestic abuse.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the cash would help protect victims and their children from violent and controlling partners.

Trafford Council led a joint bid for cash on behalf of its self and its local authority counterparts in Bolton Salford and Stockport.

The bid succeeded it winning a grant of £258,884.66 for the four councils

The lion's share - £90,021.09 - will go to Trafford Domestic Abuse Services.

It currently provides safe residential accommodation for nine women and their families, floating support for victims in the community and peer to peer groups,

The grant comes as Mr Jenrick reintroduced the Domestic Abuse Bill legally redefining the offence to include economic, controlling and manipulative non-physical behaviour.

The money is aimed, part of £16.6m nationally, aims to makes provision across England consistent.

North-West local authorities shared £2.1m.

Cllr Mike Freeman, Trafford Council’s public safety boss, said: “I am very pleased to hear we have received funding from the £16.6m Government package to help domestic violence victims.

“In Trafford, we will be using the money to help victims and their children move out of refuges and into safe, community provision. Domestic violence causes fear and destroys lives and we will do all we can to help victims escape from abusive relationships.”

Mr Jenrick said: "Domestic abuse destroys lives and leaves victims living in fear in their own homes – the place where they should feel most safe and secure.

“No victim of domestic abuse should have to struggle to get the right support, or wait months for help that they need.

"This new funding will help councils better protect victims and their children and provide essential life-saving services, delivering the urgent support that they need to rebuild their lives.”