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Crime Commissioner's domestic abuse fund

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 09, 2013

FUNDING HELP: Lincolnshire?s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Hardwick has awarded £1,000 from the Community and Voluntary Fund to support the Sanctuary scheme in Boston.

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DOMESTIC abuse victims in Boston have been supported by a new fund set up by Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Alan Hardwick visited the town yesterday to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Sanctuary scheme, which helps protect vulnerable people in their own homes.

The money was awarded through the Community and Voluntary Fund, set up to award grants of between £250 and £1,000 to organisations which help to achieve the Commissioner's aims of reducing crime and creating a safer Lincolnshire.

The scheme was created at the end of last year after Mr Hardwick visited a youth club in the east of the county that explained how it was short of few hundred pounds to continue operating over the school holidays.

Mr Hardwick said he was 'pleasantly surprised' by the diversity of schemes he has seen in the county and is pleased to be able support different projects.

He said: "I know it's just scratching the surface so when people get used to the fact the money is there for the taking, hopefully we will get more coming forward."

The money awarded to Sanctuary will be used for 'target hardening' which means providing the money to buy equipment such as spy holes and window locks, making people feel safer in their homes.

The Sanctuary initiative is a partnership between several organisations including Boston Borough Council, Boston Mayflower, Lincolnshire Police, Kier Homes, Aaron Services and D & M Barthorpes.

It has been running for three years and sees security measures fitted to the homes of victims of domestic violence.

Anti-social behaviour coordinator for Boston Mayflower, Susan Storr, said: "This money will enable us to replenish stocks of target hardening equipment.

"It is about giving people piece of mind in their own homes."

In 2013/14 an amount of £30,000 has been set aside for the Community and Voluntary Fund.

For details and to download an application form, visit www.lincolnshire-pcc.gov.uk

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  • InsideStory  |  September 09 2013, 5:59PM

    Money is not the only answer to the problem ,support and safe houses need to be set up to keep the people safe .Also more support from Councils when making them aware of the need to re home these unfortunate victims of abuse . Very often the councils will do nothing to help these victims of abuse and that goes for Lincoln City Council housing department And also Kesteven County Council ,Once the problem is reported and the victims seek help they hardly get any contact from the councils and to me that is graceful ,Those who have never been in such a situation should be trained on how to handle these people with help and guidance . I know a women who was in a bad situation and she got no help from these two council departments and still as not had any contact from them in 10 months since contacting them .