Charity which supports South Holland victims of domestic abuse boosted by £600,000 grant
A charity which supports victims of domestic abuse has welcomed financial help on offer by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Marc Jones has secured a grant of £600,000 from the Ministry of Justice which will be spent on several new support staff posts to help people recovering from sexual and domestic abuse.
This financial boost has been welcomed by EDAN (End Domestic Abuse Now) Lincs which supports victims across South Holland and Lincolnshire to escape and move on from domestic abuse.
Almost £500,000 of the grant will be used to create six new posts supporting adults and children and will fund them for two years.
The additional £100,000 will be made available for victims grant funding.
Speaking to the Spalding Guardian last month, EDAN shed a light on the staggering increase in referrals it received during lockdown.
The charity has seen a 28 per cent increase in referrals, with all 21 of its refuges full throughout lockdown.
Chief Executive Celia Madden said: “EDAN Lincs has experienced increased referrals across all areas of service over the last year.
“We are really grateful for the additional funding, this will enable us to increase our bank of specialist domestic abuse workers across Lincolnshire to provide much needed support for those vulnerable individuals and their families that are impacted by domestic abuse.”
Mr Jones had also previously secured Covid-19 grant funding of £216,000 which was also put towards support services helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence during the pandemic.
Mr Jones said: “The tangible steps being taken to address the horrors of sexual violence and domestic abuse will make a significant difference in helping survivors.
“But I know more needs to be done and I am now working with the Chief Constable to develop plans for a new violence and harm reduction unit to tackle domestic abuse and sexual crimes, as well as drugs.
“I pledged to the electorate that my focus would be on tackling crime and keeping communities safe and I am determined to deliver on that pledge.”