Members of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community in Cleveland – and the agencies who support them – are being asked for their views on a new service for victims.
A short survey has been developed to help inform the commissioning of a support service for victims of illegal cultural harms, including forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation.
An existing service is currently delivered by Middlesbrough-based charity the Halo Project and has supported women from over 30 BAME backgrounds.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Middlesbrough Council will be working together to fund a new service and want to hear from the BAME community and agencies who would value support.
The service provider will be appointed in December 2020, to begin delivering the service in April 2021.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Vulnerable people from BAME backgrounds who face abuse or harm can experience a range of additional barriers. These may include distrust in the police or other agencies, language barriers and the fear of repercussions from family members or the wider community.
“Such complex needs require a specialist service which will offer discreet and understanding care as the victim seeks to escape their situation.
“By capturing the views of BAME people living in Cleveland, we have the best chance of designing the most effective service for them – as well as ensuring other services who come into contact with vulnerable people can access specialist advice.”
Middlesbrough Council’s Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Lead, Claire Moore, said: “Victims and survivors from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds can face cultural and community pressures that may make it more difficult for them to seek help or access support.
“Middlesbrough Council recognises the importance of provision offering dedicated advice and assistance from an independent source. We welcome this opportunity to better understand the needs of our communities and work alongside the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner (OPCC) to co-commission this service.”
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Posted on Friday 24th July 2020