24th March 2021

Over £350k more invested by Commissioner into domestic abuse and sexual violence support services

Utilising additional investment provided to PCCs by the Ministry of Justice, 11 organisations who carry out vita work to support domestic abuse and sexual violence survivors, including counselling, advocacy, interventions and help with building key skills.

This builds on the Commissioner’s commitment to supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence, through Lancashire Victim Services that he commissions, and also through other additional funding that has been brought into the county through his office.

He said:

PCC Clive Grunshaw said:

“I’m really pleased that this extra funding is going to support the key work being delivered by organisations across Lancashire, to help those affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“This investment is helping organisations deliver new support and expand existing services to help them reach even more people, ensuring as many victims and survivors have access to specialist support where and when they need it.

“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.

“Supporting vulnerable people and victims is a key part of my police and crime plan and I would urge anyone affected by domestic violence to visit noexcuseforabuse.co.uk for details of services across Lancashire. Support for victims of sexual violence is available through Lancashire Victim Services.”

Catherine Smith, CEO at Trust House Lancashire said: “This funding will help us to deliver additional support for those affected by sexual violence and ensures that they can access the help they need and deserve to move forward, in a way that best meets their needs. We will be able to expand our work, particularly with children and young people and we are really pleased to be able to offer the best possible support to victims during the pandemic and beyond.”

Shigufta Khan, CEO of the Wish Centre in Blackburn added: “The additional funding is really welcome news. It will allow us to expand our work with local people affected by domestic abuse, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds. Providing expert support is vital in ensuring that people have the chance to move forward to live a life free from the fear of abuse.”

The organisations who will benefit from the additional funding are Empowerment, Paladin, Lancashire Women, Preston Domestic Violence Service (PDVS), Flowhesion, Sahara, The Wish Centre, PACE, Trust House, Chorley Womens Centre, Humraaz

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