LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow secures government funding

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LGBT domestic violence helpline Broken Rainbow has been saved from closure – after fears it could be crippled by a loss of government funding.

Broken Rainbow, which provides crisis support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are experiencing domestic violence, had warned earlier this year that its telephone helpline could be forced to close unless the crucial funding is maintained.

After a public campaign to save the charity – backed by Green MP Caroline Lucas – the Home Office this afternoon confirmed that Broken Rainbow would receive funding for a further 12 months.

Managing Director of Broken Rainbow, Jo Harvey Barringer, said: “What has kept us going these past difficult months has been the incredible level of support from the general public particularly those from within the LGBT community and the women’s domestic violence sector.”

“We know what we do makes a difference to many people’s lives, but for them to share what has been some of their most difficult life experiences and how we made a positive difference to that, has been humbling and affirming that the service we offer is a vital one that needs to continue.”

The charity added: “Broken Rainbow is extremely grateful for your support and we will continue to work for a society where LGBT victims of domestic violence and abuse have access to the services they need, free of any prejudice and homophobia.”

The Home Office said previously: “Domestic violence and abuse is an appalling crime that this government is committed to ending.

“The government recognises the important role that the Broken Rainbow helpline plays in supporting LGBT victims of domestic violence and abuse, which is why we have provided the helpline with funding of £120,000 in the last financial year.”