Rape centre saved from closure
8:12am 14th July 2011
Vulnerable victims of crime in Yorkshire and Humber will benefit from almost £1million of Government funding, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke announced today.
The money will be used to support local victims and witnesses - with the lion's share going to help the most seriously affected, vulnerable and persistently targeted victims.
Groups in Yorkshire and Humber that will benefit from today's announcement include:
" Fresh Horizons, supports victims of burglary and will receive £75,000;
" Domestic Violence Services, has been allocated £290,800 to provide court based Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Service;
" Rotherham Women's Counselling Service has been awarded £150,000 to provide specialist counselling for victims of sexual violence.
Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, said:
"Grass-roots groups know the needs of their local area- and bring a wealth of experience to our drive to support the most seriously affected, vulnerable and persistently targeted victims of crime as they rebuild their lives. Funding these local organisations will help bring a targeted, sustained and tailored service to those who need it the most.
"This approach, coupled with our plans to reduce re-offending and to break the cycle of crime, will help us achieve our dual goals of protecting society and better supporting victims."
The funding is part of a £30m Government scheme to support organisations that have a proven track record in supporting victims at their most vulnerable. Those to benefit include victims of:
" serious violent crime
" Rape and sexual violence
" Those bereaved by murder, manslaughter and fatal road traffic crimes
" Hate crime
" Domestic violence through court-appointed Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs)
" Robbery and burglary
" Anti-social behaviour (ASB)
The three- year funding will help put organisation like Karma Nirvana, on a stable financial footing, helping them to provide sustained, specialist support to female and male victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence.
Saima was just 14 when she was betrothed by her parents to an older cousin she had met briefly on a family holiday to Pakistan. She was tricked into returning to Pakistan - and made to marry the 26-year-old man she hardly knew, who beat and sexually abused her.
Following a harrowing ordeal - three suicide bids, a 'honour' knife attack which killed her unborn baby and being completely cut off from the family which claims she shamed them, she contacted Karma Nirvana for support and advice. The charity helped her to rebuild her life.
"The worst thing was that the fact that so many people were alerted, I told them, but no one helped because they thought I was a teenager seeking attention.
"Hopefully, now the law has changed places like schools, colleges and people like social workers, police and doctors will take this more seriously than they did even just a couple of years ago."
Jasvinder Sanghera, founder of Karma Nirvana, said:
"This funding means we can now say with certainty to victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence that our national helpline will be here for the next three years.
"We can save more lives and we can respond to an issue that our Government recognises is happening in the UK. We know the 550 calls we take each month, from women and men, are the tip of the iceberg and we want to encourage more people to seek help."
Survive will recieve 30 thousand pounds a year for three years.
Survive offer support to women and men who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault.
They offer a helpline open Mondays 6.30pm- 9pm and Wednesday's 2pm-4.30pm Tel 01904 642830 and an information/office line open Tues, Wed and Fri mornings Tel 01904 638813.
We also offer one to one support for help with for example; thinking about needs, accessing services, thinking about reporting, understanding issues and thinking about coping strategies.
We offer social support and personal development groups to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
We also run workshops on a range of issues that may be helpful to survivors.
We are based in York and are happy to support people who are able to travel to York.
We take phone calls on our helpline and office phones from all over North Yorkshire.
We are delighted with the funding from the Ministry of Justice. We are hoping this will allow us to develop our services and put us in a stronger position for applying for other funding.
We had over 900 contacts last year with at least 120 people.
The exact number of people contacting us is not known as many people prefer to remain anonymous.
Our website is currently being updated however you might like to take a look here for more information.
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