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Domestic abuse survivors to receive further support in Enfield

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11 August 2017

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Enfield’s Community Safety Team has been awarded £377,000 in funding from the Home Office to help offer a bespoke care service to those fleeing domestic abuse.

- Enfield awarded £377,000 grant following a successful application
- Award will go towards the implementation of the Mia Project to help survivors of domestic violence
- Enfield Council launches fresh “Boyfriend Material?” campaign, aimed at young women
Enfield’s Community Safety Team has been awarded £377,000 in funding from the Home Office to help offer a bespoke care service to those fleeing domestic abuse.
The successful application by Southwark in partnership with Enfield Council will enable Enfield Council’s Community Safety Team to set up the Mia Project, which is aimed at high-risk domestic abuse victims and survivors, often with complex needs, who are unlikely to have engaged with existing support services.
The Mia Project will provide dedicated, targeted support and will also offer therapy to children who have witnessed domestic violence.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “We have seen a rise in reported incidents of domestic abuse, partly down to the success of Enfield Council’s ‘He Doesn’t Love You If…’ campaign, launched earlier in 2017.
“Awareness is growing and survivors are gaining confidence to come forward. However, there are still those at risk of repeated victimisation and some historically have not reached out - or don’t feel able to reach out - for support through existing, mainstream services.
“With this funding, we hope the Mia Project will help provide additional capacity and we also hope to see a reduction in the reliance on costly emergency and crisis services. Most importantly, we want to see a reduction in this type of despicable crime, and an improvement in the mental and physical wellbeing of survivors and their dependants once they have accessed our services.”
The award coincides with the launch of the second phase of Enfield Council’s domestic violence campaign, aimed at young women in particular to identify abuse and to help them seek advice. The latest campaign is called “Boyfriend Material?”, which highlights unacceptable behaviour in a relationship and asks women to seek help if they have been exposed to victimisation, violence, manipulation or control.
Cllr Fonyonga said, “Our campaigns and the upcoming Mia Project are designed to prevent harm and exploitation and to offer targeted support for those in need. Our priority is safer, stronger communities. If you believe you are in an abusive relationship, or know someone suffering, please make contact.”
The Mia Project will run for three years and is scheduled to start in Autumn 2017. Meanwhile, look out for the “Boyfriend Material?” posters around the borough and follow the campaign on Twitter, @EnfieldCouncil. For more information on getting help, spotting the signs of abuse and more, go to www.enfield.gov.uk/dv.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual abuse, call one of the following helplines:
•         National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
•         Solace Women's Aid Advice Line: 0808 802 5565
•         Enfield Women's Centre: 020 8351 8934
•         Enfield Saheli: 020 8373 6218
•         Say Something - a free call or text service: 116000
In an emergency always call 999.