A project in East Lancashire has received a £500,000 BIG grant after a rise in abused women seeking help.

Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s Lancashire police and crime commissioner candidate, said:

“I’m delighted that the HARV domestic violence team have been successful in their bid for funding from the Big Lottery. It is a testament to their hard work and success that they have secured such a significant amount of funding.

“It is of course a sad indictment on our society that we are witnessing such a shocking rise in the number of recorded incidents of domestic violence. This is not specific to any specific community but something that is a real cause for concern across the board.”I am particularly pleased that these funds will be targeted at assisting the most vulnerable and high risk families. This is a move in the right direction but what is needed now is a more coordinated strategic plan to tackle all incidents of domestic abuse and support the victims and their families.”Further information…

1. http://news.biglotteryfund.org.uk/pr_140812_rc_nw_abused_women_seeking_help?regioncode=-uk&status=theProg&title=%C2%A3500%2C000+BIG+grant+after+rise+in+abused+women+seeking+help

A project in East Lancashire has received just under half a million pounds to help deal with the rise in the number of women seeking help for domestic violence.
The HARV Domestic Violence Team has received £499,989 to increase the safety of high risk families and continue to provide frontline workers to protect women at risk of serious harm or murder.
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible forgiving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.

2. From detection to protection: Labour launches campaign to close the domestic violence intervention gap in Lancashire

A new campaign “from detection to protection”– which is being rolled out by the Labour Party across Lancashire – aims to create a step change in tackling the devastating problem of domestic abuse.
Two women every week are killed at the hands of their abuser in England and Wales. Latest statistics show one in five 999 calls are about domestic violence.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidate, is committed to an anti domestic violence action plan; as well as engaging in a major consultation exercise that includes speaking to women’s refuge centres.
He is exploring processes that would enable the police and other bodies to become more pro-active in preventing domestic violence offending and in supporting survivors.

3. Labour’s 5 Point plan on women’s safety.

Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s PCC candidate in Lancashire, pledges to:
1. Develop and roll out an integrated local action plan to tackle violence against women and girls in the first year of office – appointing a lead specialist to deliver it and ensuring that it is incorporated and prioritised in the Crime and Policing plan;
2. Tackle the culture of violence against women and girls – working with schools, local authorities and community-based organisations to change attitudes and behaviour;
3. Maintain specialist domestic violence and public protection units within the police service– whilst working to maintain, and where possible, develop the important existing network of independent advisors and advocates to women survivors of violence;
4. Deliver specialist training in domestic and sexual violence – as well as other forms of violence against women and girls, for neighbourhood police officers, for those in specialist protection units and for those involved in commissioning services for the survivors of violence;
5. Pilot preventative policing projects in some areas – to promote the active monitoring and management of serial perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence.

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