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Funding boost for vulnerable female offenders in the community

Announcement by Justice Minister, Edward Argar


07 November 2018
Funding boost for vulnerable female offenders in the community

Justice Minister Edward Argar has announced that 12 organisations have been awarded £3.3 million of funding in the first wave of community services investment following the publication of the Female Offender Strategy in June of this year, which sets out a range of measures aimed at shifting focus away from custody towards rehabilitative community sentences. The funding recognises that while serious crimes will always be punished proportionally, a large number of female offenders are in extremely vulnerable positions, and many face issues with substance misuse and mental health problems; often a result of repeated abuse and trauma. The allocation of funding aims to both provide new services and sustain existing ones which help break the cycle of offending, divert women away from custody, and tackle the underlying issues which cause women to offend. Some projects the funding will support include jump-starting a Domestic Violence Trauma (DVT) pilot in Brighton and Hove, boosting services delivered at women's centres across Greater Manchester, and extending the residential rehabilitation provided by the Willowdene Rehabilitation Centre to women in the West Midlands. A further £1.7 million of funding which will be awarded in the coming months.

The full press release can be found here.

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