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Women’s centre launches survivor’s forum

By Oliver Young 3rd February 2021

Women’s centre launches survivor’s forum
The Women’s Centre Cornwall is reaching out

A charity has received two major funding boosts as it looks to begin two new schemes to help women in Cornwall.The Women’s Centre Cornwall, based in Bodmin, was one of four South West organisations to receive a share of £2million in government funding.

The cash injection is to be used to aid the Government’s commitment of reducing the number of women in custody and improve conditions for those serving time.The Bodmin-based charity currently works across the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Dorset with women in the criminal justice system, or  are at risk of offending.

Lucy Frazer QC, Minister for Prisons and Probation, said: “This funding boost will allow frontline services to continue the incredible work they do with some of the most vulnerable women in our society to prevent them being drawn into crime.“Many female offenders suffer complex issues and have experienced very traumatic lives - and it’s only by addressing this that we will break the costly cycle of reoffending.”

The Ministry of Justice has pledged to work alongside other government departments and public services such as the NHS and Public Health England to more effectively support vulnerable women in addressing the issues which can lead them to commit crimes, while up to 500 new prison places will be built in existing women’s prisons to improve conditions.

The initial funding boost was then followed by the charity, which is run by women, announcing a pilot project called the Women’s Survivor Forum.The scheme, which is funded by Comic Relief, is aimed at survivors of sexual and domestic abuse and will focus on ‘providing additional spaces and opportunities for women to connect, reach out, share information and build community.’

The Forum is being launched to counteract the lack of physical connection that the Women’s Centre normally chooses to utilise, something which has been taken away by the coronavirus pandemic.

A list of useful numbers to contact the Women’s Centre Cornwall includes: main office: 01208 76466; rape and sexual abuse and domestic abuse helpline: 01208 77099; email for support: support1@womenscentrecornwall.org.uk

By Oliver Young 3rd February 2021

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