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VIOLENCE against women will be tackled in a Dragons’ Den-style event next week.

Up for grabs will be £10,000 of government cash which can be spent on projects by the people of the Havant area.

Fifteen schemes will be pitched by local people and groups. They cost from £100 to £5,000 and have a combined value of £30,000.

Each one will go head to head to win funding and it will be up to the public to decide which gets the money.

Havant Women’s Aid and the Safer Havant Partnership are working together on the community challenge which is being paid for by a £10,000 Home Office grant aimed at combating violence against women and girls in the borough. The event will be at Havant Leisure Centre on Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm.

The pilot scheme is part of David Cameron’s Big Society concept to allow people to influence spending priorities.

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

Tim Pointer, the Community Safety team leader at Havant Borough Council, said: ‘We have been really impressed by the numbers and quality of the bids and hope to attract up to 100 residents to participate to decide which projects will get the funding.’

To take part and vote contact Chelsea Forrest on (023) 9244 6606 or e-mail You can apply online at