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Funding award will help more victims

A number of projects designed to help young women recover from domestic abuse in Nottinghamshire are to receive Government funding following successful bids by Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland.

A total of £228,175 from the PCC Competed Fund will be used to develop a new programme for young women affected by violence, with the continued roll-out of teen projects to help vulnerable young women, and the expansion of the Freedom programme, supported by subsequent therapeutic group work.  The Freedom programme empowers women to understand the domestic abuse that they have experienced.

Mr Damian Green, Minister of State for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims, allocated funding worth more than £12.5 million for 139 bids from 37 PCCs.

The Minister said: “The quality of the bids submitted was high, and I have taken this opportunity to fund all of the bids which merited funding.”

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Cutland, who is the specialist lead for domestic abuse-related issues within the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, said today: “This is great news for domestic abuse survivors in Nottinghamshire. The funding means that agencies will be able to offer support that has been identified as particularly beneficial to recovering survivors.

“Although the funding is for one year only, it will enable us to bring forward plans for new work, allow other work to be expanded and reduce some of the pressure on our budget for other victims.” 

Ms Cutland, who has for many years championed the needs of domestic abuse survivors within the voluntary sector and local government, leads the overall programme of work for Mr Tipping on commissioning victims’ services.

She pointed out: “We commissioned research last year to investigate what kind of help victims need.  The research we funded into how young women are being affected by violence led us to develop ideas for new projects. This funding means that a programme already devised will be able to go forward, empowering young women to learn about healthy relationships. We also intend to evaluate the project independently so that we can learn from it for the future.”

The therapeutic group work that is to be run for women who have taken part in the Freedom programme will also be evaluated with a view to taking lessons forward.

The teen projects were piloted last year after agencies identified a gap in services. These projects are aimed at helping girls aged 13-17 identify, and recover from, intimate partner violence.



Posted on Thursday 3rd July 2014
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