Oldham Council awarded funding to tackle domestic violence

Oldham Council has today been given a share of a £3.5 million government grant to make sure that victims of domestic abuse get access to the support they need.

The £70,000 funding will be used to increase security at 25 properties in the borough which provide safe and secure temporary accommodation for the victims of domestic violence and their families.

Therapeutic play sessions will also be organised for children who have witnessed family members being abused.

Councillor Barbra Brownridge, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Co-operatives, said: “Tackling domestic violence and abuse is a priority for the council and our partners. It has a devastating effect on the victim but also impacts on the whole family.

“Children and young people who witness it can be emotionally and psychologically scarred for life. Research has shown those who are exposed to violence can suffer low self-esteem, become low achievers and even go on to become offenders themselves.

“In Oldham we are doing as much as possible to protect victims and families and this funding will help.”