Organisations helping Wiltshire domestic abuse victims to get a boost

Organisations helping Wiltshire domestic abuse victims to get a boost

Published by Jack Deery at 6:45am 1st July 2020. (Updated at 6:47am 1st July 2020)

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Wiltshire and Swindon's Police and Crime Commissioner has been given thousands of pounds in funding.

In May, Angus Macpherson was allocated an extra £244,000 by the Ministry Of Justice, which has now been increased to over £300,000 to support domestic abuse and sexual violence victims. 

The money will be given to local organisations to expand and increase their services. 

These groups were able to apply for the funding, with 20 then being chosen to receive the money. 

Among these organisations and charities are:

  • Splitz Support Service
  • Victim Support
  • Wiltshire Users Network
  • Hometruths
  • Crimestoppers
  • Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch 
  • Revival

Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: 

"The sign off of this additional funding by the Ministry Of Justice is very good news today. 

When the current pandemic hit us, it also drastically affected those help services people need.

This will do so much good and supplement funding to those organisations which my office already support and those who also need some extra help for their valuable work.

When the lockdown was announced, an increase in domestic abuse and sexual violence was expected; because of that and the fact we have worked hard over the past eight years to address these issues, we recognised that more initiatives are needed to encourage reporting and give victims confidence in how they will be helped by the police, local authorities, professional and 3rd sector partners providing specialist support."

EXTRA BOOST

The £300,000 has been split into three different categories:

  • £126,000 for domestic abuse services the PPC already commissions
  • £102,000 for domestic abuse services not currently commissioned by the PCC
  • £74,000 for sexual violence services, whether already commissioned or not by the PCC

OPCC Victims and Vulnerability Commissioning Manager, Maria Milton said:

"This will really help make a difference to those domestic abuse and sexual violence victims.  

Many find it difficult to report, often because of a controlling relationship and often because they don't have faith in the system.

Covid-19 has had a significant effect on all victims, and charities and organisations across the county have worked hard to ensure help and support are available.

This extra money gives a boost to those organisations providing help, and will enable greater reach to those who need it."

People are now being encouraged to reach out for support if they believe they may be suffering from abuse of any kind. 

There is a 24 hour helpline which can be called on 01793 610610 or you can go online to www.swadomesticabuse.org.

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