Grant to support Leeds helpline volunteers

Samantha Lightfoot and Cat Thomas from Leeds Women's Aid.
Samantha Lightfoot and Cat Thomas from Leeds Women's Aid.
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A charity that supports victims of domestic violence has been offered a lifeline.

Leeds Women’s Aid is set to increase the number of people offering specialist telephone advice to victims of abuse.

The charity has been awarded £3,000 from the Lloyds bank Community Fund after experiencing an increase in the number of women turning to them for support.

Stark figures reveal in the 12 months until the end of June there were 14,128 incidents of domestic violence and abuse reported to police in Leeds - an increase of 858 in the previous 12 months.

The charity has seen a 15 per cent average increase in the number of calls to the helpline.

But the cash will help them train 10 more volunteers to offer support to some of the city’s most vulnerable women.

Kathryn Tola Awe-Cunningham, acting director, said: “The Lloyds Bank Community Fund will make a huge difference to Leeds Women’s Aid by enabling us to train more volunteers, making a difference to the lives of hundreds of vulnerable women in Leeds.”

Leeds Women’s Aid provides support and emergency refuge accommodation for women and children affected by domestic violence and women who have been trafficked into the sex industry.

Figures reveal more than 3,620 referrals to children’s social work service in Leeds were related to domestic abuse and violence.

Over the last 40 years, hundreds of women who have become victims of domestic violence have been brave enough to seek support from Leeds Women’s Aid.

l For more information visit www.leedswomensaid.org.uk.

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