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Cheshire Police, Cheshire East Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Halton Borough Council and Warrington Borough Council, have been given an extra £481,000 in order to help provide support to victims of domestic abuse.
Over the next two years money – from the Department for Communities and Local Government – will be used to recruit and train a team of specialist workers who can assess more complex cases and effectively support those who are experiencing multiple and challenging barriers to living safe lives.
This will provide local suitable accommodation to victims so they no longer have to live in fear in their own home.
It will also help to create a dedicated coordination function across the sub-region to provide direct access to a range of public sector data systems and professionals to offer additional advice and support on complex cases.
This includes local services such as social care, NHS, drug and alcohol, housing, mental health services, missing from home workers and CSE.
The funding is part of the government’s commitment to protect those suffering from domestic abuse and ensure no victim is turned away from the support they need. The funding will help local services support victims with somewhere safe to live and rebuild their lives.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne, Chair of the Domestic Abuse Strategic Board, said: “Securing this funding is fantastic news and will go a long way in helping us support those who suffer greatly at the hands of their abusers.
“Domestic abuse has a huge impact on the lives of victims as well as their families and we work hard to ensure they are protected and kept safe from harm to enable them to move forward and begin a better life.”