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Domestic violence charities warn of refuge closures

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Domestic violence charity, Refuge, has claimed that proposed changes to benefit rules will lead to the closure of all of its refuge centres, reports the BBC. As a result, warns Refuge, thousands of victims of domestic violence will be at increased risk.

According to the BBC, the charity claims that two women a week die as a result of domestic violence, and this figures will rise if support services are forced to close. Similar concerns have also been raised by charity Women's Aid.

The charities are concerned about how Housing Benefit will be calculated when it it is incorporated within the new, combined benefit, Universal Credit, which is due to come into force next year.

According to the BBC, the Government has denied the claims and said that funding for refuges will continue to be available under the new benefit system.

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