Cash to help Somerset domestic violence and sexual exploitation groups

Two organisations that help tackle domestic violence and child sexual exploitation in Somerset have been awarded £65,000.

The grants have been made by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Some £30,000 has been given to the Make the Change Programme, which works with men to help change their abusive behaviour.

Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board has been awarded £35,000.

Some of the money from the PCC's community safety grant fund will be used to provide help and support for victims of sexual exploitation.

Avon and Somerset PCC, Sue Mountstevens, said: "It is essential all agencies work together to tackle child sexual exploitation and all victims of abuse are listened to, believed, taken seriously and offered support services.

"This is a priority of mine and I am pleased to support the work going on in Somerset on child sexual exploitation and the Make the Change programme."

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