On plans unveiled by the Government to make all councils provide safe houses for domestic abuse victims, Emma said:

“These proposals are a welcome step forward for survivors of domestic abuse, but they will only make a meaningful difference if the government gives sufficient funding. Wolverhampton Council’s funding from the government has been cut by more than half since 2010, and as a result services are becoming more and more stretched.

“The Government’s own estimate is that there are more than two million survivors of domestic abuse each year. This means statutory domestic abuse support needs significant ring-fenced funding for councils to be able to deliver these services effectively.

“Domestic violence cuts across income, race, gender and sexuality. Anyone can be a victim. Survivors of domestic abuse deserve consistent and high quality support wherever they are in the country, and I am calling on the government to ensure councils are given the right budget to be able to deal with this important new responsibility.”