Project to tackle violence against women and girls receives £310,000
We have received £310,000 of Home Office funding to help us support county residents affected by domestic abuse.
Our successful bid will see us work with a high volume of low and medium risk perpetrators of domestic abuse to help change their behaviour and prevent it from escalating.
The project will be delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, Durham Constabulary, Public Health Durham, Darlington Borough Council, National Probation Service, Durham Tees Valley Community Rehabilitation Company, Harbour Specialist Domestic Abuse Support Service and Durham University.
We were one of 41 projects across England and Wales to receive a share of almost £17million through the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service Transformation Fund, which is designed to support earlier intervention and prevention so that fewer women reach crisis point.
The projects will carry out a range of activities including providing support to victims, working with perpetrators of abuse to change their behaviour and helping to support children affected by what they have witnessed.
Cllr Jane Brown, joint chair of the Safe Durham Partnership's domestic abuse and sexual violence executive group and our Cabinet member for social inclusion, said: "We are delighted to receive this funding which will help us develop County Durham and Darlington's multi-agency response to tackling violence against women and girls.
"Existing funding continues to be focused on providing services to support victims of domestic abuse and children who witness it. The money provided by the Home Office will allow us to carry out interventions with offenders, in order to prevent abusive behaviour becoming entrenched.
"This project will help us to protect vulnerable victims and their families by helping stop abuse before it escalates."
Sarah Newton, crime, safeguarding and vulnerability minister, added: "Violence against women and girls is totally unacceptable and yet tragically affects all communities in all parts of the country.
"We all have a responsibility to tackle this scourge and it is vital that the response at a local level is joined-up and collaborative, providing support to victims through health, education and social care, as well as the police and justice system.
"The projects we are funding will help ensure that victims and survivors get the right support at the right time, as well as intervening early to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.
"Violence against women and girls devastates the lives of victims and families and this government will continue to do all it can to protect people from these horrendous crimes."
For more information about efforts to tackle domestic violence visit our domestic abuse web page.