Adur and Worthing Councils have secured a government grant of more than £400,000 to help support more victims of domestic abuse in Sussex.

The authority said the Sussex wide scheme is one of 60 projects in England to be backed by government grants over the next two years.

Both councils will work with other local authorities and charity Safe in Sussex.

It will aim to ensure no survivor of domestic abuse is turned away from support.

Councillor David Simmons, Adur district council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said:

“Domestic abuse is an evil across our communities, and this funding is a national acknowledgement that more needs to be done to support victims and help them rebuild shattered lives.

“Through our community safety partnership, we will do our best to make this money count in continuing to tackle domestic abuse at grassroots level.”

According to officials, a county wide outreach service will help those in need, particularly in rural areas.

A specialist worker will also be hired to increase access to support for Black and Minority Ethnic women.

The councils the funds will also pay for additional experienced staff in a refuge, meaning more victims can receive practical and emotional support.

Councillor Val Turner, Worthing borough council’s executive member for health and wellbeing, said:

“Our excellent community safety staff have a brilliant track record in securing funding to provide a safety net for people across our communities.

“Domestic abuse is a devastating crime which has no borders so I’m delighted that we can work with partners across Sussex to deliver these innovative new services in the coming years.”