Lancashire crime commissioner pledges to prioritise domestic abuse services (From Blackburn Citizen)
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Lancashire crime commissioner pledges to prioritise domestic abuse services
9:00am Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
LANCASHIRE’S police and crime commissioner has pledged to do all he can to prioritise domestic abuse services.
Clive Grunshaw’s comments came as it emerged there were 172 women in East Lancashire classed as being ‘at serious risk’ from their current or ex-partners last year.
Mr Grunshaw spoke as he visited a domestic violence refuge in Burnley which houses 20 families, including around 27 children, who are in crisis and need help to escape abusive relationships.
He said he wanted to see the services offered at the Burnley refuge as part of his commitment to ensuring domestic abuse services are a priority.
Residents told the commissioner finding help at the refuge had helped them to rebuild their lives and carve out a future for them and their children.
Mr Grunshaw said: "Meeting the families at the Burnley refuge was an inspirational experience, and served as a reminder, if one was needed, of how important it is we stand together to fight domestic abuse.
"I have committed to prioritising domestic abuse through my police and crime plan, and I want to ensure the profile of vital services such as this is raised across Lancashire.
“Domestic abuse victims need to know they are not alone, and that there is a way out of the situation they are in, no matter how hopeless it may seem."
Karen Ainsworth, chairwoman of Safenet which runs the Burnley refuge, said: “Safenet saves lives.
"Each year over 100 women are killed by current or ex-partners and in East Lancashire alone last year 172 women were assessed as being at serious risk.
"Safenet accommodates around 200 families each year, evidence of need and demand for the service is overwhelming and unfortunately there is always someone waiting to take up each room as one becomes vacant.”
If you are concerned and need help, contact the Safenet Helpline on 07866 510728 between Monday and Friday, 10am to 5pm.
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