£900k pledged to help domestic violence victims in Newham

Almost a million pounds is set to be spent on a new independent service designed to aid high-risk domestic violence victims.

Newham council has approved spending £900,000 on a three-year Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Service contract designed to reduce repeat victims, improve identification of victims and safeguard vulnerable people in the borough.

The service will provide intensive casework support for up to 400 high-risk victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Its role will include expanding the scope of the existing service to include co-ordinating and developing a stronger criminal justice partnership and ensuring victims are supported through court.

A spokesman for the council said: “This will enable the council to provide extra support to those at high risk of domestic or sexual abuse as well as reduce the risk of repeat victims of this type of abuse. This service will work alongside the police, health service and a range of agencies to reduce violent crime.”

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