A charity which helps sex abuse victims in Sheffield has received an £8,500 boost from the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Dr Alan Billings presented the cash to the Young Women’s Housing Project to help fund a programme which helps women gain strategies for keeping themselves safe and developing healthy relationships.
Jo Meagher, Manager of the Young Women’s Housing Project, said: “Young Women’s Housing Project are dedicated to offering support to victims of sexual abuse, violence and exploitation and prioritise work with high-risk clients.
“We identify and target individuals at risk for more intensive interventions.
“This funding from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner will help our practitioners to address the incidence and impact of sexual abuse, violence and exploitation.
“The grant supports our ‘Protect Yourself’ programme, which is designed to encourage victims to gain strategies for keeping themselves safe and developing healthy relationships.
“We will now be able to increase the capacity for specialist independent sexual violence advice in South Yorkshire, particularly Sheffield, support victims to navigate the judicial system and work alongside the police and CPS to secure more successful outcomes for victims.”
The charity, set up in 1984, provides specialist support and safe accommodation for young women affected by sexual abuse, sexual violence and child sexual exploitation.
Dr Billings said: “I have seen for myself the delicate work they do offering vulnerable young women a place of safety and helping them understand how to have a healthy relationship with a partner.”