My Sis­ter’s boost

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - FRONT PAGE -

SUP­PORT for women and chil­dren suf­fer­ing from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on Teesside has re­ceived a vi­tal fund­ing boost.

Mid­dles­brough char­ity My Sis­ter’s Place has been awarded £495,025 from The Big Lottery Fund.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has been based in cen­tral Mid­dles­brough since 2002 and has helped more than 8,000 women and chil­dren suf­fer­ing do­mes­tic abuse.

My Sis­ter’s Place is run on fundrais­ing and the grant will ac­count for 25% of the cash needed to sup­port women for the next five years.

Char­ity bosses said the money will fund help dur­ing an ini­tial crisis, and also con­tin­ued sup­port through coun­selling.

Becky Roger­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We run a whole range of sup­port. We are there for women when they need ur­gent help but we also help them to re­cover and make sure they are in a good place and this money will help us do this through more sup­port and coun­selling.” “We used to deal with 2-300 cases

Rates of re­ported do­mes­tic vi­o­lence a year and now that fig­ure has risen to cases in Mid­dles­brough are the se­cond around 1,000 cases of women seek­ing high­est in the coun­try. help from us ev­ery year.”

Becky said: “This doesn’t mean we She added: “I be­lieve the sup­port is have the high­est rates of do­mes­tic vio­there for women in this area, we work lence, but what it means is more women hard to reach as many peo­ple as pos­siare com­ing for­ward and I don’t neces-ble.” sar­ily think that is a bad thing. My Sis­ter’s Place is open Mon­day to

“It means as a char­ity we are reach­ing Fri­day with two late nights a week of­fer­out to more peo­ple with more women ing coun­selling in order to be as flex­i­ble feel­ing they can come for­ward for help. as pos­si­ble for work­ing women too.

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