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On the last of 16 days of action against domestic abuse we are pleased to announce that the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) Partnership has been successful in two funding bids to boost support services.

More than 1,000 domestic abuse survivors will be supported to rebuild their lives thanks to a £700,000 Government grant for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and we also secured£900,000 from a Home Office Fund to support children who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse.

 Councillor Kevin Cuffley, lead member for community safety and domestic violence at Cambridgeshire County Council and White Ribbon Ambassador said: “I’m really pleased - on the last of 16 days of action for White Ribbon Day - to announce that we have been successful in these two funding bids that will significantly boost the number of domestic abuse survivors and their children that we can support.”

 The £700,000 will be used to put in place a ‘Whole Housing Approach’ to protect domestic violence and abuse survivors and their children from homelessness by working with housing associations, private landlords, banks and other financial institutions to address issues that lead to housing or financial problems for those experiencing abuse.

Submitted with the charity ‘Standing Together’ and three London Boroughs to a £18m Domestic Abuse Fund from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It was the largest bid in the country with a total of £1.45 million allocated to the organisations.

 The £900,000 Home Office bid aims to reduce the impact and harm of domestic abuse for an estimated 1,300 children in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It will ensure that children are identified and can access specialist, community-based services which provide one to one and group, therapeutic counselling services to improve their mental health and prevent further escalation of risk and need.   

The support helps young people to address ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’ and reduce the impact of these experiences on their future.

The mission of White Ribbon is to end male violence against women, once and for all by working with men and boys to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. As a White Ribbon accredited organisation Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to engaging with men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect.

White Ribbon Day on 25 November was followed by 16 days of actions to raise awareness of the campaign and the County Council’s work to tackle domestic abuse and sexual violence.

During the 16 days we announced our four White Ribbon Ambassadors and shared copies of Operation Lighthouse - a powerful book written by Luke and Ryan Hart, two brothers whose mother and sister were killed by their father after suffering years of abuse - with all Cambridgeshire Libraries A piece of art was Also produced by Ruth Marley, from the Re-imagine Resource Centre in Witchford.

Find out more and pledge your support at https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/

If you, or someone you know are concerned about domestic abuse please contact the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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