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PCC Urges Cleveland Residents to Vote for Domestic Violence Charity


Terri Giles, Becky Rogerson, Ejaye Moran and Michelle Brown from My Sister’s Place with Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger is backing local domestic violence charity My Sister’s Place (MSP) to win a National Lottery award and is calling on people across Teesside to click online or call and vote.

The Middlesbrough based independent organisation has been shortlisted from 900 charities nationally to compete with only six to win a £2000 prize and invaluable television coverage on a national primetime show. To win, My Sister’s Place needs to receive more votes than other contenders.

The charity helps thousands of women and their children break the cycle of domestic abuse and to be empowered to make informed and safe decisions about their future. They offer a ‘one stop shop’ offering crisis intervention, specialist counselling, trauma therapy and other connected issues such as child contact, legal advocacy, housing problems and immigration difficulties. They also work alongside Cleveland Police to provide personal safety and crime prevention advice for victims in their own homes.

Mr Coppinger has previously spoken of his drive to ensure a better deal for victims and witnesses and detailed how this will be achieved in the Police and Crime Plan, a blueprint of his objectives and commitments until 2017. These objectives include supporting repeat victims of domestic abuse and developing new ways of working alongside the Force and the North-East Women’s Network, of which MSP and others form a part.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger said: “I would urge people across Cleveland to get behind My Sister’s Place and not only help the charity be recognised nationally, but gain extra funding to support women and children from the area.

“Working with domestic abuse victims is a specialist role with some staff advising women in stressful and often dangerous situations. Anyone working in this field should be applauded and I hope that people take the time to pick up the phone or click to the link free online.

“I have pledged to support both victims and witnesses in the Police and Crime Plan and My Sister’s Place is one of many excellent charities with the same aim.”

Michelle Brown, Service Development Manager for My Sister’s Place, said: “We’re a small organisation making a big difference to people’s lives and it’s a real honour that we have the opportunity to be recognised on such a national scale.

“Voting closes on 24th July and we’re hoping that the people of Teesside will support us and help to bring extra money to our area by taking a minute to vote online by visiting www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or calling 0844 836 9715.

“We would like to thank everyone who has voted for us so far and the Police and Crime Commissioner for his support.”


Posted on Wednesday 17th July 2013
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