£26k boost for abuse sup­port char­ity

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life - BY JAMIE LOPEZ

AN char­ity ded­i­cated to help­ing do­mes­tic abuse vic­tims has been given £26,000 in fund­ing from Lan­cashire Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner.

The Lib­erty Cen­tre re­ceived the boost from a pot of £500,000 se­cured by Clive Grun­shaw to for ser­vices ded­i­cated to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse and sex­ual vi­o­lence.

Based at Park Road in Orm­skirk, the cen­tre has sup­ported vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple for more than 30 years and of­fers a walk-in in­for­ma­tion cen­tre as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion for nine women and chil­dren at its refuge.

It also sup­ports male vic­tims and of­fers coun­selling, train­ing and group re­cov­ery pro­grammes.

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

PCC Clive 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 whilst 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.”

Two grants per month will sup­port the over-70s

The Lib­erty Cen­tre in Orm­skirk, in­set top, Lan­cashire PCC Clive Grun­shaw

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