A CHARITY offering support to victims of domestic abuse has received a £300 donation from police.
Safe in Sussex provides advice, support, awareness and education for women, children and young people from across the county and the south coast.
It also has two refuges which provide temporary accommodation for women and children escaping domestic abuse.
Chairman Tracie Church said: “Safe in Sussex has big plans for the future. Our charity has been providing refuge and support since 1977 for women and children suffering at the hands of domestic abuse.
“Formerly Worthing Women’s Aid, we re-branded and launched as Safe in Sussex in November 2013 to recognise the work we will deliver throughout the county.
“We will continue to work with partners such as the police to eradicate domestic abuse and we are very grateful for this donation, which is recognition for our past work and also our plans for the future.”
The money came from the Proceeds of Crime Act Fund, which is made up of money received by the police from property confiscated by order of the courts and then sold.
Tracie added: “We will be launching many new projects and initiatives in the coming months, building on our existing work in the community via facilitated group work including in schools and more and this donation will go towards funding this.”
Chief Inspector Jo Banks, district commander for Adur and Worthing, and PCSO Ann-Marie Rushworth presented the cheque at the Safe in Sussex charity shop in Broadwater Street West, Worthing.
Chief Insp Banks said: “We are delighted to be supporting Safe in Sussex with this donation.
“It is sometimes difficult for people to recognise that the way their partner is behaving towards them is actual abuse and is not acceptable.
“We ask people to talk to us in confidence by calling us at any time, or if they can’t talk to us, then talk to someone.
“Abuse is something you do not have to put up with. This is a widespread social problem that affects a variety of people but there is a lot of help available, not only from Sussex Police.”
Safe in Sussex says domestic abuse is rarely an isolated, one-off incident. Usually, it is part of a pattern of repeated, controlling behaviour that becomes worse over time. Figures show 44 per cent of women are involved in more than one incident of domestic violence.
For advice and support, visit www.sussex.police.uk or telephone 101.
Safe in Sussex helpline is open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm, 01903 231939, admin line 01903 219994. Visit www.safeinsussex.org for more information.