Financial support to help domestic abuse survivors and their children in Cambridgeshire

The White Ribbon Ambassadors met with Cllr Steve Criswell, chairman of the County Council's Communit

The White Ribbon Ambassadors met with Cllr Steve Criswell, chairman of the County Council's Communities and Partnership Committee to officially launch the campaign at Shire Hall today (Monday 19 November). Clockwise, from top left: Detective Superintendent Martin Brunning, Cllr Steve Criswell, Gil Karpas and Cllr Kevin Cuffley. - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 domestic abuse survivors in Cambridgeshire will be supported to rebuild their lives thanks to a £700,000 Government grant for the region.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has also secured £900,000 from a Home Office fund to support children who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.

Councillor Kevin Cuffley, lead member for community safety and domestic violence at Cambridgeshire County Council and White Ribbon Ambassador, said: “The £700,000 will be used to put in place a ‘whole housing approach’ to protect domestic violence and abuse survivors and their children from homelessness by working with housing associations, private landlords, banks and other financial institutions to address issues that lead to housing or financial problems for those experiencing abuse.

“The £900,000 Home Office bid aims to reduce the impact and harm of domestic abuse for an estimated 1,300 children in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough children.

“It will ensure that children are identified and can access specialist, community-based services which provide one to one, and group, therapeutic counselling services to improve their mental health and prevent further escalation of risk and need.”

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The aim is to enable young people to address adverse childhood experiences and reduce the impact of these in their future lives.

The mission of White Ribbon is to end male violence against women, once and for all by working with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence.

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Cambridgeshire County Council, who pledge their support and commitment to engage with men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect.

White Ribbon Ambassadors are committed to take the message out there; to schools and colleges, workplaces and festivals; to promote awareness of White Ribbon principles, to recruit other men, and generally help change the world for the better.

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• If you, or someone you know are concerned about domestic abuse please contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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