Domestic Violence Charity In Bradford Receives Life-Saving Grant
By Ninder Kaur
Staying Put, a voluntary organisation and registered charity have managed to secure a life-saving grant of £499,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. The grant has been put in place to support a Legal Assistance Project safeguarding survivors of domestic abuse.
The Bradford-based charity which began in 2002 seeks to increase the safety of women and children who experience domestic violence/abuse by enabling survivors and their children experiencing domestic abuse to remain safely in their own homes.The charity provides a range of diverse services challenging men, supporting women, working in partnership, influencing policy and campaigning for change.
The fully-funded five year project will support 1500 survivors of domestic abuse across the Bradford district. Domestic violence and abuse mostly affects women but also affects men. It affects all types of women regardless of age, race, sexuality, disability, religion, class, or lifestyle and income.
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund, England Grant-making Director said:“The valuable work of Staying Put charity is helping to make a difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in our society”.
Yasmin Khan Staying Put Director said “we are a ambitious charity and the Big Lottery has recognised the real strength of our model. The grant will assist us to reach vulnerable people experienced domestic abuse. We will continue to promote the ethos of keeping survivors safe. During the period of change we will ensure we maintain our ethos, values and high quality service delivery”.
Bradford District Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin said “Staying Put are an outstanding example of highly committed and passionate people putting the needs of victims first. They are continually looking to improve and develop the services they deliver and are a key agency who aspire to keep people safe in the Bradford District. The service is recognised as an outstanding model practices. Within the Bradford District there are currently on average, 280 Domestic Abuse incidents reported to the Police per week. The additional support that can be provided through the ongoing work and development of the services provided by Staying Put are very welcome and are as a result of their drive to continually develop and place the victim and their needs first.
During 2014/15 there were 10, 895 reported incidents of domestic abuse across the Bradford district, a slight increase in the previous 12 months. In the first quarter of 2015/16 there are 3,035 reported incidents over 12per cent increase compared to the previous year. A survivor tells us “Staying Put is very friendly and helpful service I was at my lowest and I came out as a strong woman and I am not to blame I was at my lowest and I came out as a strong woman and I am not to blame I was at my lowest and I came out as a strong woman and I am not to blame”.
Staying Put will continue to help survivors to stay in their own home rather than going into emergency accommodation, the cost savings to the judicial services and the NHS, the likely cost saving to social services for foster care and the cost to the survivors in terms of emotional costs and lost income.
For more information visit- http://www.stayingput.uk.net/
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