United Nations cash provides a refuge from violence

A new refuge is to be set up for domestic abuse victims on St Helena, thanks to a windfall from the United Nations.

A building from the government’s housing stock is to be used to provide a place of safety for victims and, if needed, their children.

Its location will not be made public.

Executive councillors agreed to the project on 3 February 2015 after hearing how the island had been awarded £40,000 from surplus funds by the UN.

An initial request for funds did not fully meet the requirements of the UN Development Project scheme, but the island was given a share of money not taken up by other nations.

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