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