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Funding support for abuse victims
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The charity wants "sustained" support for children
Scotland is home to 100,000 child victims of domestic abuse who need long-term help, according to campaigners.

Scottish Women's Aid revealed the statistic as Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm awarded an extra 6m in funding on Wednesday.

The sum will be used to expand child support services and double the number of support workers in Scotland.

A film has been made by young victims highlighting the extent of the problem.

It spells out in children's own words how awful it is to be the victim of domestic abuse.

Sanctuary need

Some have been emotionally or physically attacked, heard or seen others being abused or even been forced to participate in the abuse itself.

Scottish Women's Aid said its Listen Louder campaign highlighted the issue of teenagers and children abused at home.

It argues more support staff and facilities are needed to help those who seek refuge and the many thousands more who do not seek sanctuary away from home.

The new funding is likely to secure existing provision, double the number of workers, and enable Women's Aid groups to enhance and develop support and outreach services
Scottish Women's Aid
Communities Minister Malcolm Chisholm announced a 6m funding package to extend support services, but the charity has warned that the scale of the problem is so big that it needs sustained commitment over many years.

Mr Chisholm said he does not want children to become "forgotten victims".

He added: "It's a sad fact that in over 90% of cases children are in the same or next room when their mother experiences physical or verbal abuse.

"We must ensure that they are supported through these times. We want to look at longer term solutions to help children and young people deal with their situation.

'Outreach services'

"This 6m represents a substantial new investment to improve services and extend support for children."

Mary Lockhart, spokeswoman for Scottish Women's Aid, said she was delighted with the funding, which could double the number of support workers in Scotland.

Children playing
Children have made a film telling their stories
She added: "At present, there are 94 children's support workers in Women's Aid Groups. Many are part-time, funding is on an ad-hoc, often year to year basis, and there are only five dedicated outreach workers two of whom are part time.

"Around 100,000 children and young people in Scotland are estimated to be experiencing the effects of domestic abuse.

"It is impossible to deliver the support, follow-on and outreach services which they so desperately need with the resources currently available.

"The new funding is likely to secure existing provision, double the number of workers, and enable women's aid groups to enhance and develop support and outreach services."


SEE ALSO:
New approach to domestic abuse
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Abuse helpline becomes permanent
08 Jul 04  |  Scotland
Plea for domestic abuse victims
24 Jun 04  |  Scotland
Funding for rape crisis centres
23 Jan 04  |  Scotland
Abuse campaign to be widened
19 Feb 03  |  Scotland


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