More funding to support people affected by domestic abuse in Cheshire

Police and councils in Cheshire say government funding will help them support hundreds of people affected by domestic abuse.

Over the next two years £481,000 secured from the Department for Communities and Local Government will be used to recruit and train a team of specialist workers who can assess more complex cases.

It will also provide local accommodation to victims so they no longer have to live in fear in their own home.

The team will be able to co-ordinate with services to provide direct access to systems and professionals such as social care, NHS, drug and alcohol, housing, mental health services, and missing from home workers.

The function will also be used to build upon and expand a sub-regional network of existing specialist workers including Polish speaking Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, Polish helpline and BME for specific faith based work and men’s workers.

Chief Constable Simon Byrne, Chair of the Domestic Abuse Strategic Board, said: “Securing this funding is fantastic news and will go a long way in helping us support those who suffer greatly at the hands of their abusers.

“Domestic abuse has a huge impact on the lives of victims as well as their families and we work hard to ensure they are protected and kept safe from harm to enable them to move forward and begin a better life.”

Councillor Paul Bates, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities and health said: “Through our ongoing commitment to working more collaboratively with neighbouring local authorities and other strategic partners, we are delighted to have secured this additional funding which will see more victims of domestic abuse across Cheshire being given the essential support they so desperately need.

“Tackling domestic abuse and violence in Cheshire East remains a top priority and there is simply no place for abuse or violence against women and girls in our local communities. As a council, we are firmly committed to putting our residents first and helping the victims of domestic abuse feel safe and have the opportunity to turn their lives around from this devastating crime.”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: "Ensuring vulnerable adults feel safe and are protected is a priority for Cheshire West and Chester Council.

"This funding will help the council and its partners to further improve support to domestic abuse survivors by providing additional safe housing across the region.

"This will help individuals and their families to live as independently as possible in a safe and discreet environment that supports their recovery."

Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “It is welcoming to see this vital service has been given the funding. One of the priorities in my police and crime plan is to focus on services which support victims of crimes and protecting the vulnerable.

"This latest initiative is another step in the right direction in being there for victims when they need it most and when they are at their most vulnerable.”

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