Council welcomes new funding to help victims of domestic violence

Published Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 12:34

Blackburn with Darwen Council has welcomed news the borough is set to receive thousands of pounds in funding to support domestic abuse services.

The Council was one of 15 Lancashire local authorities involved along with the county’s refuge services in a bid to government for a share of £2.1m.

The additional funding is for safe accommodation for both WISH and Humraaz which provide domestic abuse services through refuge and specialist programmes.

Humraaz Support Services provides confidential specialist support to Black and Minority Ethnic women who are experiencing domestic abuse and is the only refuge of its kind in Lancashire.

 The WISH centre is often the first point of contact for people in Blackburn with Darwen who are experiencing domestic abuse. Fully qualified and specialist staff are available to discuss choices and options in a non-judgemental way, providing emotional and practical support

The funds will go towards helping people through Humraaz with complex family situations and to provide additional staff support in the evenings and at weekends within WISH accommodation for those families with additional needs.

Councillor Mustafa Desai, Executive Member for Adult Services and prevention, said:

This funding is much needed and will no doubt help us to increase our support in both hard to reach areas and adding more staff to our programmes.

This will help to give victims of domestic violence, their children and families the support they need and make sure they have a safer and more secure future.


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