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Protection project awarded funding gives further support to domestic abuse victims

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 December 2014

Jan Scott, of Victim Support

Jan Scott, of Victim Support

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Domestic abuse victims stand to receive more support after a protection project was awarded £250,000 funding.

Redbridge Council will develop a single point of contact for services it commissions to help tackle violence against women.

Support for victims is commissioned separately by different agencies at the moment.

Cllr Ross Hatfull, a cabinet member for community safety and enforcement, said the funding would allow services to become “even more accessible”.

“We are aiming to increase the number of victims who come forward and report domestic abuse,” he said. “This will help us identify individuals and offer them the support they need. I am delighted we’ve been successful in this bid.”

Victim Support, a charity supporting all types of victims across the country, said it welcomed the news.

Jan Scott, the charity’s north east London divisional manager, said: “This funding will allow us to create a one-stop shop where victims – both men and women – can easily access help services locally to where they live.”

Ms Scott added the charity welcomed the opportunity to work in partnership with other specialist agencies, as well as Redbridge Council.

She said: “One of the most difficult things a victim will face is having the courage to report what has happened to them, particularly if they are being abused by a member of their own family.

“We also want to promote to young people the value of being in healthy relationships.

“This new funding provision will make this possible and allow us to reach many more people in Redbridge.”

Last month Det Con Jamie Da’Bell, from Ilford safeguarding unit highlighted how investigating domestic abuse crimes is made tougher because mostly they will happen in the home.

“It is very hard to get a sense of the evidence,” he said, speaking ahead of White Ribbon Day - an event to remind the world “there’s never an excuse for violence against women” on November 25.

Suspicions of any domestic abuse can be reported to police on 101.


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