Funding boost for domestic abuse charity | Story from Champnews – Champion Newspapers

SEFTON Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) has been given a financial boost and will receive a slice of a £272,600 fund to help victims of domestic abuse & sexual violence.
Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell successfully bid for the government funding, which will now be divided up and given to charities across the region.
One of these will be SWACA, which supports any woman living in Sefton who has experienced, or is at risk of, domestic abuse. 
Police Commissioner Spurrell said: “Victims of sexual violence and domestic abuse are among the most vulnerable in our communities. They deserve the best possible care and support to help them recover from the traumatic ordeal they have suffered.
“Our community-based support services do a fantastic job providing crucial care – but they are desperately stretched. I am determined to do everything I can to give them the resources they deserve and I will continue to try and access funding wherever I can.
“I submitted bids on behalf of 18 organisations across Merseyside with the hope of bringing a total of £1.3m in to support our essential services. Sadly, not every bid was successful and while this funding is very welcome, I am disappointed some organisations missed out on the critical funding they need and deserve.
“As I’ve said many times before, these one-off ‘crisis pots’ are not the way our vital support services should be funded. They do nothing to address this issue long-term.
“Victims deserve to know they will be supported whenever they need it. To deliver that, our support services need guaranteed, robust, sustainable funding so they can put appropriate support in place and plan for future demand.
“I have raised this with both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice already, and I will continue to lobby central government at every opportunity I get for a funding package that recognises the pressures our support services face and gives them the money they need.”
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