DOMESTIC abuse and sexual violence services across the county are set to benefit from a £500,000 funding boost.

The amount will be distributed to local services to support victims and survivors of domestic or sexual abuse after the Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw helped secure the amount from the Ministry of Justice.

Mr Grunshaw said: “I am delighted to secure extra funding to support people affected by domestic or sexual abuse right here in Lancashire.

“It is so important that victims and survivor have access to specialist services where and when they need them and this funding will ensure that this is happening.

“The pandemic continues to put extra pressures on families and relationships and whilst that should never be an excuse for any kind of violence, the reality is that some people will be affected by abuse.”

“We have fantastic local services and I am really pleased to be able to offer them this additional support.”

Fourteen organisations across the county will benefit from the additional funding which will be used cover costs for additional support such as work with Independent Domestic Violence Advisers, extra counselling hours or investing in online chat facilities and telephone support to provide additional help remotely.

Debbie Fawcett, CEO at HARV and Chair of the Lancashire Domestic Abuse Forum added: “This is really welcome news both for services and for anyone affected by abuse here in Lancashire. As a collective, services across the county work really hard to support abuse survivors and the extra funding will help us to further adapt our services in response to the pandemic so that we can continue to help people in the best way possible.”

Catherine Smith, CEO at Trust House, a specialist service for sexual violence survivors agreed: “It is really important that we can continue to offer the best support to victims during the pandemic. The current situation is hard for everyone but survivors of sexual violence and abuse need our support more than ever. The funding will help us to continue to offer that support so that anyone affected can access the support they need and deserve to move forward.”

The organisations who will benefit from the additional funding are Flowhesion, Fylde Coast Women’s Aid, HARV, Lancashire Victim Services, Paladin NSAS, Red Rose Recovery, Sahara in Preston, Safenet, The Birchall Trust, The Liberty Centre, The Wish Centre, The Emily Davison Centre, Trust House and Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative.