Today, in Parliament I welcomed this announcement. I join Women’s Aid and SafeLives in welcoming this significant step in ending the postcode lottery of support for survivors of domestic abuse and their children. I also put on record the inspirational work of Maggie Parks of Women’s Centre Cornwall and our local refuges for women and men. A consultation on shaping future services and the levels of funding needed to deliver sufficient services has been launched today and I will continue to work with local campaigners to ensure the government gets this right. I have been working with campaigners on the landmark Domestic Violence Bill. In the House of Commons today I made the same point as I did during Health oral questions last week, that adults and children effected by domestic abuse must have timely access to specially trained and qualified mental health professionals. Also, support services need to be available for people living in their own homes as well as refuges.