Support boost for domestic abuse victims

MODEL  RELEASED.    Domestic violence.  Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.
MODEL RELEASED. Domestic violence. Silhouette of a woman protecting herself from a blow from her partner by holding her arms in front of her face.

Victims of domestic abuse will benefit from a £240,000 grant to help Derbyshire County Council run its support services.

The grant will fund specialist support for victims with complex needs living in refuge accommodation, tackling the ‘toxic trio’ – the link between drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues and domestic abuse.

It is estimated that domestic abuse accounts for one quarter of all reported violent crime in England – with more than 7,500 people in Derbyshire having experienced a form of abuse in the past year.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “Domestic abuse is an under-reported and devastating crime that can affect men, women and children. It can have huge impacts on families and in the most extreme cases, can result in death.

“We want to reassure anyone experiencing any kind of abuse that support is available.

“The funding means we’ll be in a better position to help people caught in the ‘toxic trio’ by offering specialist support.”

Derbyshire County Council was one of 46 local authorities that successfully bid for a share of the Government funding in a joint application with Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Erewash Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Nottingham Community Housing Association, Trident Consortia and Derbyshire Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence service.

The county council spends around £1.5m on domestic abuse services each year, working with partner agencies and charities to offer accommodation, support and advice to around 13,000 people in Derbyshire.

Residents facing any domestic abuse issues or who would like advice and support can call Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline free on 0800 0198668 or find more information at www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk