£375k help for Boston domestic abuse victims

BWA team - Chris Dunnington, Lynn Mitchell, Rachel Emerson, Marion Bowman, Sarah Fairbrother and Lesley Weal.
BWA team - Chris Dunnington, Lynn Mitchell, Rachel Emerson, Marion Bowman, Sarah Fairbrother and Lesley Weal.

‘A lifeline for victims of domestic abuse’ is how Boston Women’s Aid has described its grant of £375,100 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The money will enable the charity to continue providing safe accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic abuse in the borough.

“It was exhilerating,” said BWA manager Lynn Mitchell on the moment she heard they had been awarded the grant.

“The staff and I were absolutely thrilled. and incredibly grateful to the Big Lottery as this is a real lifeline for Boston and victims of domestic abuse.

“Since April 2012, we have not received any statutory funding, therefore we had to reduce our services.

She added: “This huge award from the Big Lottery Fund means that, from October 1 this year, we can resume those services.”

The money will fund the re-establishment of its helpline and extend its outreach services to both male and female victims and their children. Staff will be able to offer emotional and practical advice and support to even more people on issues such as housing, the law and money, arming them with the knowledge and confidence needed to safely escape abusive relationships and re-establish their lives.

BWA also helps abuse victims who want to remain in their own homes by helping them to obtain court orders and arranging additional appropriate security measures when required.

Open 365 days a year, it offers those suffering domestic abuse (whether physical, sexual, financial or emotional) help and support, information, advice and a sympathetic ear.

l For more details about BWA call 01205 311272.