£75k funding boost for domestic violence charity

More than 20,000 women a week experience domestic abuse.
More than 20,000 women a week experience domestic abuse.

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley (HARV) Domestic Violence Team has received a welcome cash boost of £75,000 from Lloyds Bank Foundation to support women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

The grant will be used to support staffing costs to secure the future of the vital services the charity provides working to both respond to and prevent domestic abuse.

From their Accrington centre, HARV offers a range of support providing both short-term interventions offering access to the right help and services for those affected by domestic abuse as well as longer term support such as counselling and therapies, helping women and families to both address and move beyond their experiences of domestic violence and abuse.

More than 20,000 women a week experience domestic abuse and more than one in four women will go on to experience it at least once in their lifetime. HARV works with women and families to both ensure their immediate safety and empower them to take control of their lives and live freely and safely in the future.

Debbie Fawcett, CEO, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Domestic Violence Team said: “HARV would like to thank Lloyds Bank Foundation for this grant. This funding will enable us to continue to provide much-needed specialist support to families who are experiencing domestic abuse living in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley area.

"This funding will ensure the survival of the service and enable us to work with families in their local areas. HARV depends on grant funding for its survival and the continued support of the Foundation ensures some of the most vulnerable families in our communities can continue to access local quality services.”

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales said: “With poverty and disadvantage high and rising, local charities like HARV are on the front line in their communities offering help to people who need it most.

"We are proud to be able to fund HARV, whose work supporting victims of domestic violence and abuse is life-changing. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to make a lasting impact in 2018 and beyond.”