Victims of domestic violence get cash

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A £10,000 grant will be used to tackle violence against women and girls in the Havant area.

Local people are being called upon to come up with innovative ways the Home Office cash can be used to tackle the problem.

Havant Women’s Aid and the Safer Havant Partnership have joined forces for the project.

A public forum will take place at Havant Leisure Centre on March 30 between 6pm and 9pm to come up with ways of the money being spent.

The pilot scheme is part of the government’s Big Society concept.

Claire Chatwin, chief executive of Havant Women’s Aid, said: ‘I hope women both directly and indirectly affected by domestic abuse will get involved and identify and develop projects to tackle violence against women and girls.’

A £3,000 grant has also been awarded to Havant Women’s Aid’s Freedom Project by members of the Hampshire Police Authority.

Last year the project helped a total of 196 women and 308 children.