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Minister announces £1.5 million to tackle domestic abuse
Speaking on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Minister explained that the Domestic Abuse Grant Scheme provides capital funding to support organisations that offer advice and support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
The grant scheme will fund the development of specialist domestic abuse One-Stop Shops and the enhancement of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) across Wales. SARCs offer victims a place where they can receive medical care, psychological counselling, legal advice and other support, from professionally trained staff.
Eleven projects across Wales will receive grants for 2008/09:
- North Wales Women Centre will receive £300,000 for a new One-Stop Shop
- Black Association of Women Step Out will receive £450,000 for new Premises for a One-Stop Shop
- Safer Vale Partnership will receive £250,000 for a new One-Stop Shop
- Blaenau Gwent Domestic Abuse Service will receive £175,000 to move to new bigger premises
- Anglesey Domestic Abuse Service will receive £165,000 for a new One-Stop Shop
- Llanelli Women’s Aid will receive £92,500 for a new One-Stop Shop
- Torfaen Multi Agency Centre will receive £70,000 for a new agency centre
- North Wales Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Support Centre will receive £19,450 for vital new equipment
- New Pathways, Swansea SARC will receive £7,895 for vital new equipment
- CWSU, Cardiff SARC will receive £4,850 to fund a new booklet for schools to raise awareness of sexual violence
- Safer Caerphilly will purchase a CCTV system with a grant of £3,000
Dr Brian Gibbons said:
Domestic and sexual abuse can have devastating effects on victims. It is very important that Wales takes action to minimise domestic abuse through dedicated support centres.
We also need to be aware that as we approach the festive season, sadly the risk of domestic violence increases. It is vital that we work to prevent this crime as well as having services in place to respond.
I am very pleased to announce capital funding from the Domestic Abuse Grant Scheme for the year 2008/09. This will ensure that domestic abuse organisations across Wales can grow and continue to improve the assistance and provide support to people affected by domestic and sexual abuse.