A project campaigning to stamp out domestic abuse and violence against women has received a major funding boost.
The successful Navigator Project will continue its innovative work across the region for another two years thanks to an £800,000 share of a £22 million fund from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
The news comes as six local authorities - Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton, Durham and Darlington - and a range of specialist providers in the North East prepare to mark National Elimination of Violence against women and girls and White Ribbon Day on Sunday (November 25).
The Navigator Project – formed by the six authorities in 2016 – is one of 63 projects across England bringing together councils, housing providers, police and a range of voluntary sector agencies to support domestic abuse survivors.
The initiative pioneered the development of a new model of support targeted at vulnerable victims of domestic abuse with complex needs and those from BAME and LGBT backgrounds, including people with no recourse to public funds.
The latest funding award will help to increase safe bed space for victims and children and provide tailored targeted support to complex need victims of domestic abuse, providing help and support to 300 women across the region.
Across England more than 25,000 survivors and their families are set to benefit.
Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP said: “Domestic abuse is a devastating crime, which shatters the lives of survivors and their families.
“It is our duty to ensure survivors can seek help by providing the support they need to restart their lives.
“Through providing specialist accommodation, this fund will make sure local authorities and charities can provide a strong safety net for anyone facing the threat of abuse in their own home.”
Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Culture and Communities, said: “Domestic abuse is a blight on any community and one which we are committed to ending.
“The Navigator partnership is now in prime position to support regional domestic abuse strategic planning, promote collaboration and facilitate dialogue with statutory and voluntary organisations to drive system change and promote partnership working for victims of domestic abuse.”
- The local authorities, Police and Crime Commissioner and providers will mark the start of 16 days of activism on Sunday, November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women until Human Rights Day on Sunday, December 10.