Middlesbrough Herald & Post

My Sister’s boost

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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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