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Cash boost to combat domestic violence

PUBLISHED: 04:35 24 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:54 03 March 2010

MORE cash has been injected into the fight against domestic violence in Suffolk.

A scheme to help combat violence in the county has again been given funding by the Home Office to develop the work for a further year.

MORE cash has been injected into the fight against domestic violence in Suffolk.

A scheme to help combat violence in the county has again been given funding by the Home Office to develop the work for a further year.

Suffolk County Council set up 'Tools for Practitioners' project in Lowestoft and Waveney in July 2000 with funding from the Government.

The project aims to help those who experience domestic violence by providing extra training to workers in social care, the NHS, the police and the probation service and improving the way they intervene in cases of domestic violence.

The training focuses on screening for domestic violence and the way staff can help and support women by helping them to make individual safety plans.

The pilot project was extended in Suffolk a year ago and Suffolk County Council has now successfully bid for £55,570 for a further year's funding to continue the work.

This will enable the project to expand further and develop the training for housing professionals, legal services and teaching staff in schools.

The project is managed by the County Domestic Violence Forum which involves social care, education, police, health, probation, local councils and the voluntary sector.

Peter Monk, member of Suffolk County Council's executive committee, said: "I'm delighted that we've been successful in securing a further year's funding for this important project. 'Tools for Practitioners' is a key part of the aim of the County Domestic Violence Forum to raise awareness and reduce the incidents of domestic violence in the county."


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