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Domestic Abuse Bill funding for disabled, elderly and LGBT victims welcomed by Dame Vera

13th February 2019

The government has supported the draft Domestic Abuse Bill with additional funding and increased capacity for services for disabled, elderly & LGBT victims – an announcement welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird.

She said: “Domestic abuse can occur in all forms of relationships, and anyone can be a victim. Developing bespoke services for these victims is of growing importance here in Northumbria – for instance, I know Rape Crisis Tyneside have a bid for other funding to tackle sexual abuse of elderly victims – illustrating that abuse against older people is a local priority.

“People who are often frail, vulnerable and in many cases lack the mental capacity to understand or communicate what has happened to them need specialist support to help them cope and recover.

“What’s pleasing is that society is starting to wake up and accept that there are no barriers – anyone can be a victim of abuse – no matter what their age, gender or sexuality. All funding to help raise awareness and support for all victims is hugely welcomed by me.”