Grant to tackle domestic violence

Angela Everson at the Women's Centre, Halifax
Angela Everson at the Women's Centre, Halifax
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Professionals will be better educated to see the signs of domestic abuse and help victims after a £440,000 grant was awarded to Calderdale Women Centre (CWC).

CWC’s Breaking the Cycle will receive £440,561 in Lottery funding - allowing the initiative that aims to empower professionals in recognising domestic violence to support victims earlier.

Ten-years-ago, lottery funding enabled the then small charity to buy the Halifax town-centre building, on Silver Street.

Today, the Calderdale charity has grown large support centre, with running costs of £300,000 a year.

Joint CEO of CWC Angela Everson said: “That’s when we went from something small; to something massive, today.

“We’re delighted that the work of the centre has been recognised nationally by specialist domestic violence partners and we hope local, regional and national statutory and voluntary sectors will benefit from the initiative.”

The grant will enable five new positions including four locality positions and one children’s worker to work with victims across Calderdale.

Research found that women and young people said their situation would have been resolved sooner if the signs of domestic abuse was recognised earlier.

“The sooner we reach vulnerable women and children the sooner we can support them,” said Mrs Everson.

The CEO said the grant comes as a big boost as it allows the centre to plan a three-year agenda - which is a luxury in the current climate when they and other charities can only usually budget from one year to the next.