Charity awarded £500,000 in Lottery funding to expand

Alan Mak MP congratulates Claire Chatwin, Chief Executive of South'Domestic Abuse Service
Alan Mak MP congratulates Claire Chatwin, Chief Executive of South'Domestic Abuse Service

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An award-winning women’s charity has received praise from a local MP as it was rewarded with a £500,000 grant from the National Lottery.

Havant Conservative MP Alan Mak championed the Southern Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS) for the support it offers victims of domestic abuse.

Mr Mak congratulated chief executive of SDAS Claire Chatwin and her team on securing the £500,000 in lottery funding, which will pay for more independent domestic violence advisors.

The highly trained professionals will help those who are in danger of serious harm or homicide as part of a new outreach project.

The SDAS is based in Havant, but thanks to donations it has received over the years it has been able to branch out and support victims in Fareham and Gosport.

Mr Mak recently visited the charity’s headquarters in Havant to witness first-hand the support it offers.

He said: ‘The SDAS is such an inspirational local charity.

‘They fully deserve their £500,000 award from the lottery to expand their work helping abuse victims.’

The outreach project is set to launch on October 1, with the Havant MP giving his full support to the programme.

The charity plans to use the grant to expand into different areas and increase the number of victims of domestic abuse it supports.

It’s aiming to support women on the path to long-term safety away from abuse.

During his visit to the SDAS, Mr Mak visited the charity’s women’s refuge centre, a safe house where people who have suffered domestic abuse are offered accommodation and counselling away from their violent partners.

‘My meeting with staff and survivors was extremely moving, and I hope the charity goes from strength to strength,’ added Mr Mak.

‘Domestic violence should never be tolerated, and we must do all we can to help victims in our local area.’

For further information on the SDAS visit southerndas.org.