Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping has lent his support to a series of projects aimed at counselling and supporting women at risk from harm.
Commissioner Tipping and Deputy Commissioner Chris Cutland have visited a number of organisations in recent weeks that are devoted to delivering help to women and girls at risk of violence, aggression and sexual abuse. As part of his Police and Crime Plan commitment to protect female victims of violence and intervene early to provide them with a better future, Commissioner Tipping has delivered a range of grants to increase support provision.
Among the recipients is the Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre (NRCC) which received £10,000 from Commissioner Tipping’s Community Safety Partnership Fund towards the cost of a young person’s outreach worker who will deliver a Sexual Violence Prevention Programme to young people within secondary schools in deprived areas of the City. The project, which Commissioner Tipping visited this month, will cover issues such as rape, sexual assault and gang culture and explore common myths as well as provide safety advice.
Commissioner Tipping and Deputy Cutland also visited WAIS this week - a domestic violence pilot project focused on teen relationships. This scheme concentrates on disadvantaged girls who have been identified by the NSPCC as being more vulnerable to severe and frequent physical violence and aims to develop an early intervention strategy to signpost young women to the services they need.
The project, which has received funding of £22,288 from the Commissioner’s Safety Fund, will specifically support girls aged between 13-17 who are experiencing intimate relationship abuse including domestic abuse, honour-based violence, forced marriage and sexual exploitation.
Commissioner Tipping said: “I’m very impressed with the work I’ve witnessed so far to protect young and vulnerable women from harm. It’s becoming increasingly obvious to me that early intervention is vital to breaking cycles of negative behaviour and preventing those victims who have been exposed to violence from an early age of repeating the same mistakes of the past. Working closely together we can ensure such individuals receive the help and support they need in good time.”
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Posted on Tuesday 14th January 2014