£½m fund­ing boost to help vi­o­lence and abuse vic­tims

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

LAN­CASHIRE do­mes­tic abuse and sex­ual vi­o­lence ser­vices are to ben­e­fit from a fund­ing boost se­cured by Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Clive Grunshaw.

More than £500,000 will be dis­trib­uted to lo­cal ser­vices to sup­port vic­tims and sur­vivors of do­mes­tic or sex­ual abuse.

The fund­ing pro­vided by the Min­istry of Jus­tice will help lo­cal ser­vices meet the ad­di­tional costs in­curred while adapt­ing their ser­vices in re­sponse to the pan­demic, and cope with any in­creases in de­mand as a re­sult of it.

Mr Grunshaw said: “I am de­lighted to se­cure ex­tra fund­ing to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by do­mes­tic or sex­ual abuse right here in Lan­cashire.

“It is so im­por­tant that vic­tims and sur­vivor have ac­cess to spe­cial­ist ser­vices where and when they need them and this fund­ing will en­sure that this is hap­pen­ing.

“The pan­demic con­tin­ues to put ex­tra pres­sures on fam­i­lies and re­la­tion­ships and while that should never be an ex­cuse for any kind of vi­o­lence, the re­al­ity is that some peo­ple will be af­fected by abuse.

“We have fan­tas­tic lo­cal ser­vices and I am re­ally pleased to be able to of­fer them this ad­di­tional sup­port”

Four­teen or­gan­i­sa­tions will ben­e­fit from the fund­ing which will be used cover costs for ad­di­tional sup­port such as work with in­de­pen­dent do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ad­vis­ers, ex­tra coun­selling hours or in­vest­ing in on­line chat fa­cil­i­ties and phone sup­port to pro­vide ad­di­tional help re­motely.

Deb­bie Fawcett, CEO at HARV and chair of the Lan­cashire Do­mes­tic Abuse Fo­rum said: “This is re­ally wel­come news both for ser­vices and for any­one af­fected by abuse here in Lan­cashire.

“As a col­lec­tive, ser­vices across the county work re­ally hard to sup­port abuse sur­vivors and the ex­tra fund­ing will help us to fur­ther adapt our ser­vices in re­sponse to the pan­demic so that we can con­tinue to help peo­ple in the best way pos­si­ble.”

Catherine Smith, CEO at Trust House, a spe­cial­ist ser­vice for sex­ual vi­o­lence sur­vivors added: “It is re­ally im­por­tant that we can con­tinue to of­fer the best sup­port to vic­tims dur­ing the pan­demic.

“The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is hard for ev­ery­one but sur­vivors of sex­ual vi­o­lence and abuse need our sup­port more than ever.

“The fund­ing will help us to con­tinue to of­fer that sup­port so that any­one af­fected can ac­cess the sup­port they need and de­serve to move for­ward.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tions to ben­e­fit from the ad­di­tional fund­ing are: Flowh­e­sion, Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, HARV, Lan­cashire Vic­tim Ser­vices, Pal­adin NSAS, Red Rose Re­cov­ery, Sa­hara in Pre­ston, Safenet, The Bir­chall Trust, The Lib­erty Cen­tre, The Wish Cen­tre, The Emily Davi­son Cen­tre, Trust House and Pen­dle Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Ini­tia­tive.

More help will be avail­able for vic­tims of abuse (pic­ture posed by model)

PCC Clive Grunshaw

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