Derbyshire Commissioner Alan Charles is honouring his pledge to prioritise domestic abuse under his governance by awarding grant funding to a support charity.
Commissioner Charles is awarding a crime and disorder grant to High Peak Women’s Aid which has been supporting women suffering domestic abuse in North West Derbyshire for more than 30 years. The charity works closely with other agencies supporting women and children across the High Peak who are either living in the community or at their refuge with the aim of helping them to stay safe, take control of their own lives, make positive choices in future relationships and gain confidence and self-esteem.
The outreach service is currently being supplemented using the charity’s reserves to maintain services. The charity applied for funding from the Commissioner to pay for a part-time outreach worker post for an initial 12-month period at a cost of £10,561 plus £1,000 to pay for 100 hours’ relief work.
Commissioner Charles has agreed to provide the organisation with a crime and disorder grant for £11,561 to enable it to continue providing its services.
Commissioner Charles said: “From the outset, I have outlined my commitment to tackling domestic abuse and providing a better, more supportive service to all victims of crime, particularly those of domestic abuse. This grant supports the message I communicated in my manifesto to treat domestic abuse seriously and will ensure that vulnerable victims in North West Derbyshire continue to benefit from the support services this charity offers.
“Domestic abuse is one of the biggest threats facing the county in terms of crime and we have a responsibility to channel resources into the investigation of this type of abuse and into helping its victims in their recovery.”
Pam Whittle of Women’s Aid added: “High Peak Women’s Aid are delighted that Police Crime Commissioner Alan Charles recognised the need for additional funding which will enable us to support the growing number of referrals that we receive from across the High Peak in North West Derbyshire.
Commissioner Charles has shown his commitment to victims of domestic abuse by ensuring that we are able to keep this much needed post for the next year. On a recent visit, the Commissioner met with staff and talked at length about the issues faced by those accessing our service and the difficulties the charity has had in maintaining current staffing levels. This grant has given us a breathing space which will enable us to look at more sustainable funding solutions over the next year. We are really grateful for this opportunity.”
Under the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs have powers to award crime and disorder grants to any organisations and projects they consider will help them achieve their crime prevention goals and wider priorities.
In his Police and Crime Plan, Commissioner Charles outlines his aim to “keep people, particularly the most vulnerable in our communities, safe from harm, antisocial behaviour and criminal activities”. Part of his strategy involves joining up with stakeholders experienced in domestic abuse work to support suitable intervention programmes.
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Posted on Tuesday 19th March 2013