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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".