Council gives £1 million to anti-abuse bid

New services for victims of domestic abuse have been unveiled by Lincolnshire County Council.
New services for victims of domestic abuse have been unveiled by Lincolnshire County Council.
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Victims of domestic abuse in South Holland can look forward to new forms of help after a £1 million funding pledge from Lincolnshire County Council.

The cash will be directed towards existing projects such as free domestic violence clinics and weekly Women’s Aid clinics in Spalding and Holbeach.

But it will also pay for new outreach support to help men, women and children affected by domestic abuse, extra refuge accommodation for victims of abusive relationships and an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor for people at risk of serious harm or death.

As reported in the Spalding Guardian two weeks ago, one in every four assaults reported in South Holland involves domestic violence and there were about 1,100 reported cases in the area between September 2012 and August 2013.

Karen Shooter, county domestic abuse manager, said: “Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and it’s often more complex and widespread than people realise.

“But one of the biggest hurdles we face in dealing with it is victims’ hesitation to report the crime, although there are many reasons behind their understandable reluctance to come forward such as fear and doubt that they’ll get the help they need.”

The new services are a result of an online survey where victims can give their views on domestic abuse services in the county.

Karen said: “We received a significant numer of responses from women and men who have been abused, including victims who were abused by other family members other than a partner or ex-partner.

“We do need to continually evaluate our service and find ways to better help people, so these responses will help us identify what more we can do.”

To complete the survey in confidence, go to www.domesticabuselincolnshire.com