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Domestic and sexual assault advisors at Cumbrian hospitals

The advisors will be based at hospitals in Cumbria. Credit: PA

Two domestic and sexual assault advisors will take up roles at hospitals in Cumbria.

They will provide support to victims, and will advise staff at the hospitals while raising awareness about domestic and sexual abuse.

  • One will be based in the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust area, covering north and west Cumbria
  • One will be based in the University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust area, covering Kendal and the South Lakeland area, as well as Barrow

Both roles are being funded by the office of Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes.

The IDSVAs will help identify and get support to victims earlier and will hopefully increase the confidence and knowledge of busy clinical staff.

I am hopeful, too, that with the IDSVAs now in post and raising awareness about domestic and sexual abuse, we will see an increase in the reporting of these crimes, which are traditionally under-reported.”

– Richard Rhodes

£100k to tackle domestic abuse in South Lakeland

Credit: South Lakeland District Council

Support for victims of domestic abuse in South Lakeland has been boosted by a six figure grant award.

A joint bid by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC), the Springfield women’s refuge and Impact Housing Association has secured £100,000 to fund programmes over the next two years to support victims of domestic abuse, deliver more counselling services and also develop education sessions with school-age children and young people.

The money is coming from a £10 million pot announced by the Government to tackle domestic abuse issues.

The £100,000 awarded to South Lakeland is the full amount requested in the bid and South Lakeland is the only area of Cumbria to be allocated money from the fund.

The money will be used to support both female and male victims of domestic abuse through a number of projects, including:

  • A ‘Recovery Toolkit’ programme delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s, working with domestic abuse victims to aid ‘trauma recovery’, build confidence and help victims to make choices in the future to avoid controlling or abusive relationships
  • Prevention work – delivering training for teachers in schools about ‘healthy relationships’ and how teenagers can spot the signs of a potentially abusive relationship. This will cover issues such as peer pressure and ‘sexting’
  • ‘Building better relationships’ sessions for abusive men, delivered in partnership with Cumbria and Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company (formerly probation services)
  • Supporting the existing work of the Springfield refuge

“The award of this money is excellent news and it is a great credit to everyone involved that this funding has been secured for South Lakeland.

“No-one should have to live with or suffer domestic abuse and the important and innovative programmes that this funding will support will have a positive impact on the lives of many.

“The council has a clear commitment to work to tackle issues of domestic abuse in South Lakeland and I am delighted that we have been able to work with partners to secure this funding."

– Cllr Graham Vincent, SLDC portfolio holder for health and wellbeing


Launch of Borders domestic abuse help service

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, will launch a new project to help support domestic abuse victims in the Scottish Borders.

The 'Pathway Project' will consist of three new services, all specifically designed to provide help and support to adults and children who have encountered domestic abuse.

Almost 1.5 million pounds worth of funding has been given by the Scottish Government, BIG Lottery and local key partners to develop the Pathway Project.