More help for abuse vic­tims

Macclesfield Express - - NOSTALGIA -

VIC­TIMS of do­mes­tic abuse will have bet­ter ac­cess to help and safety thanks to half a mil­lion pounds worth of fund­ing.

Cheshire Po­lice joined forces with Cheshire East Coun­cil and neigh­bour­ing au­thor­i­ties to se­cure £481,000 from the De­part­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

Over the next two years the money will be used to re­cruit and train a team of spe­cial­ist work­ers who can as­sess and ef­fec­tively sup­port vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. This will in­clude pro­vid­ing lo­cal suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion to vic­tims.

It will also help to pro­vide ded­i­cated co-or­di­na­tion be­tween dif­fer­ent ser­vices such as so­cial care, NHS, drug and al­co­hol, hous­ing, men­tal health ser­vices, miss­ing from home work­ers and those deal­ing with child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

Chief Con­sta­ble Si­mon Byrne, chair of the Do­mes­tic Abuse Strate­gic Board, said: “Se­cur­ing this fund­ing is fan­tas­tic news and will go a long way in help­ing us sup­port those who suf­fer greatly at the hands of their abusers.

“Do­mes­tic abuse has a huge im­pact on the lives of vic­tims as well as their fam­i­lies and we work hard to en­sure they are pro­tected and kept safe from harm to en­able them to move for­ward and be­gin a bet­ter life.”

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