Over £345k has been secured by the Office of Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden in partnership with Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackpool Council. The money, awarded by the Home Office, will be used to tackle the root causes of domestic abuse in Lancashire.
A number of local domestic abuse charities will benefit from the funding boost with new programmes set to start from August 2021.
PCC Andrew Snowden said: “We need to tackle domestic abuse in all its forms and I am working alongside the Constabulary to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
“It is equally important that we work with our partners to tackle abusive behaviours before they escalate. The money secured by my office will be used to take early action which will help to prevent people from falling victim to abuse.
“Domestic abuse charities across Lancashire work hard to provide specialist support to anyone affected and to break the cycle of abuse and I am happy to be able to make a contribution to this important work.”
Shigufta Khan, CEO at the Wish Centre in Blackburn added: “We are really pleased to receive additional funding to support our work.
“Our new project will focus on work with young people within unhealthy relationships . Having the opportunity to do this work early on can really change someone’s future and prevent a potential life time of abuse.”
Funding will also be used to deliver healthy relationship programmes across Lancashire schools.
The organisations due to receive funding are The Wish Centre, Fylde Coast Women’s Aid and Safenet.