Big Lottery Fund backs domestic abuse support services

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Published: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

We have been awarded over £400,000 to continue to provide domestic abuse support in the area until 2020.

The Big Lottery Fund has confirmed £414,085 to continue the Pathway project, which will contribute significantly to the overall funding required to sustain the service over the next three years. Match funding from a range of key stakeholders was also confirmed this week.

What does the funding mean?

  • Allow the continuation of a series of domestic abuse services, including advocacy support and community adult support
  • It will also provide additional resources to fund a domestic abuse court advocate and a worker to support domestic abuse victims to help shape services in Scottish Borders.

Andrea Beavon, Violence Against Women and Domestic Abuse Coordinator in the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team

“We are delighted with this award from The Big Lottery Fund for our Pathways project. It is testament to the hard work of all our current services and the fact that domestic abuse is still a significant issue in the Scottish Borders.

“A lot of work has been carried out in the Borders to raise awareness about domestic abuse, which is traditionally under-reported, with over 900 incidents reported to the police in 2015/16.

“This funding will allow this vital support for victims of domestic abuse to continue in the area.”

Notes to Editors

  • A survivors’ tale of their experience of the support provided by the Pathways project is available at our YouTube channel. More information on domestic abuse support services is also available.
  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.