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Lottery funding to help tackle domestic violence in Merseyside

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North West England
Reaching Communities
Release date:
17 6 2014

A project in Liverpool which aims to reduce and prevent domestic violence is one of three in Manchester and Merseyside sharing in a total of £834,047 in grants from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme today (Tuesday).

Merseyside Domestic Violence Service Ltd (MDVS) will use their funding of £278,561 to help reduce the risk of harm, injury and in some cases murder to women, children and young people in Liverpool. The charity which provides free, confidential, non-judgemental support to women and families affected by domestic violence, will deliver a community co-ordinated response and intervention programme for men who have perpetrated domestic violence and want to change.

MDVS will run a series of 26-week programmes providing mentoring, group and one-to-one support to help participants develop the skills to form healthy non-abusive relationships and improved parenting skills.

While many other domestic violence projects tend to focus on supporting victims, this project will aim to tackle the root cause of the issue by working with perpetrators to help them break the cycle of abuse.

Recent statistics from Merseyside Police show domestic violence is reported to police almost 100 times a day and there have been over 33,600 incidents recorded over the past financial year.

Jacqui Nasuh, Founder and Chief Executive of Merseyside Domestic Violence Service Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery Fund as it will enable us to make a real difference by tackling domestic violence in a new and innovative way. Our new project will enable us to work with male perpetrators by providing them with an opportunity to change their abusive behaviour which will lead to a break in the cyclical nature of domestic violence and abuse.”

Also in Merseyside, Alt Valley Community Trust (AVCT), will develop an existing project with their funding of £260,435 to explore how building community resilience can help engage local adults and young people and reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The project will target disadvantaged neighbourhoods including Croxteth and Norris Green in the Alt Valley of Liverpool. AVCT will engage people in community activities with the aim of increasing the level of qualifications and skills gained, supporting their progression into further education, volunteering and training, and improving their mental health and wellbeing.

The project will recruit and train 100 local residents as volunteers, enabling them to organise a range of local initiatives including community events, conflict resolution, community leadership and community journalism. Five local people will be recruited in paid roles as community champions to deliver this element of the project which will include an annual programme of events, a community newspaper to be run and edited by local residents, and community engagement meetings.

Meanwhile in Manchester, Home-Start Manchester North (HSMN) will use their funding of £295,051 to continue to help parents from BME communities in North Manchester by matching them with a parent volunteer to provide peer support. The project will deliver support services for families with at least one child under five years old. The project aims to increase parent’s confidence and improve their parental skills by offering practical and emotional support to families who are experiencing difficulties.

Parent volunteers from a range of cultural backgrounds will be recruited and matched with a suitable family to provide peer support through focus groups and on a one-to-one basis in their own home. The project will also organise trips and events that will bring families benefiting from the project together.

Dharmendra Kanani, Director of England, Big Lottery Fund, said: “It’s great that these projects in Liverpool and Manchester will be able to make a positive impact in their communities, thanks to these Reaching Communities grants announced today. Merseyside Domestic Violence Service will use their grant to run a project tackling the root cause of this issue directly with male perpetrators. Statistics show there is real demand in Liverpool for this service, so it’s really good news that this initiative will work to help break the cycle of abuse.”

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Notes to editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6bn.
  • In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was returned to the Good Causes. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £31 billion has been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded.