Violence against women

Funding doubled for domestic abuse services

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Stuart Arnold

Organisations providing help for people facing domestic and sexual abuse in Cleveland have had their funding doubled to help them through the coronavirus crisis.

More than £403,000 has now been allocated to Arch North East, Eva Women’s Aid, Foundation, The Halo Project, Harbour, My Sister’s Place, NACRO and Safer Communities.

Police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger’s office argued for increased funding after £192,000 was initially allocated.

It will help pay for digital equipment and technical support to allow staff to support vulnerable people remotely and to take on additional staff to deal with an increase in demand.

It will also pay for supplies for vulnerable victims including groceries, household goods and mobile phones to ease isolation, along with cleaning items for workers and PPE equipment.

Cleveland police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger

Mr Coppinger said Cleveland's victim services had "continued to provide crucial support to vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis".

Safer Communities chief executive Joanne Hodgkinson said the extra money was a "fantastic boost".

Nigeria records 'one rape every five hours'

Ishaq Khalid

BBC News, Abuja

Someone holding a placard that says 'Stop Rape'

There were 717 rapes in Nigeria between January and May this year, amounting to one rape every five hours, the country's police chief says.

Mohammed Adamu described rape as a serious and wicked offence and urged Nigerians to report any case.

Speaking to journalists after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential palace in Abuja, the police chief said that 799 suspects had been arrested and 631 had appeared in court.

But Mr Adamu did not speak about the sentences or number of convictions. Activists are concerned that not many trials result in someone being found guilty.

Some of the recent victims were allegedly murdered after being raped prompting a series of protests across Nigeria demanding action from the authorities and communities.

The police chief said security agencies are partnering with non-governmental organisations in the areas of training, working with victims and evidence gathering for successful prosecutions as part of efforts to tackle the issue.

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