Government launches £10 million domestic violence fund to support women’s refuges

The government has announced a £10 million fund to support women’s refuges in 100 areas across England. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has also written to England’s 326 councils to remind them of their legal duty to house women and children who have been forced to flee their homes for fear of violence and abuse. Latest figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service show the conviction rate for domestic violence is at its highest ever level, with three quarters (74.6%) of all cases reaching successful outcomes. Police referrals to the Crown Prosecution Service for charging decisions have also reached their highest ever levels, and the volume of prosecutions and convictions have both risen by over 10% in the last year. Mr Pickles said with victims of domestic violence making an average 32 attempts to leave before they make their final escape, councils must do everything in their power to ensure there is nothing to prevent a woman from taking the vital steps to safety. The £10 million fund will be available over this year and next, and builds on steps taken by this government to end domestic violence, support victims and ensure offenders are prosecuted. These include: a £40 million fund for local support services and specialist helplines; new laws and powers – including the criminalisation of forced marriage; the introduction of new stalking laws; the national roll-out of Domestic Violence Protection Orders and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. Later this week the government will announce details of local community groups who have received grants to help end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. Eric Pickles said: “Specialist refuges...

The Big Baby Charity Party

Our first big event is going to be the Big Baby Charity Party where we hope to raise over £500 towards The Sanctuary Project, the party will be at the Glyndwr University in Wrexham and we have all sorts planned, so far we have : SOFT PLAY BOUNCY CASTLE FACE PAINTING A STAR SPORTS ZUMBINI RHYTHM TIME RAFFLE NEARLY NEW SALE SPECIAL CHARACTER GUESTS PHOTOGRAPHER CRAFT ACTIVITIES TEA, COFFEE & CAKE STALLS AND MUCH MUCH MORE The party starts at 10am and will finish at 3pm its going to be a fantastic event so if your in the area come and visit us. Update 21st of april Here’s the full list so far of what will be on offer on the 18th May at the Big Baby charity Party:- Entertainment:- • Kindermusik with Amy will be offering two half hour sessions of kindermusik entertainment for the little ones at the Party. The first at 10:45am and the second at 12:00pm. Really looking forward to having you at the party. They are also very kindly offering a raffle prize of a four week unit of classes for our Wiggle and Grow family class for 0-4 year olds worth £22. • Toni Reeder will be holding sing along story time sessions throughout the day starting at 10.30am and taking place every hour • MarkHughes FundayCastles have very kindly agreed to provide us with one of their bouncy castles for the day for free! Thank you very much! • PartyTots Softplay hire have very kindly offered their soft play package for free for the event! Massive thank you! • Creation Station have...