A SUPPORT organisation which uses crafting to help survivors of domestic and sexual abuse has secured extra funding.

The Just For Women Centre in Stanley submitted an application for a share of the £400,000 of funding from the Ministry of Justice allocated to support specialist organisations.

The money is to help such groups adapt and change how they deliver vital services, during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Steve White, Acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, said: “It is fantastic that we are able to support Just for Women with this funding.

“It has been remarkable how key support organisations in County Durham and Darlington, have adapted during this time in order to continue to provide their vital services, enabling more victims to access the support they need.

“Being in lockdown and extended shielding situations has not been easy for anyone, but even harder for the victims of these crimes and their families.

“There are so many myths surrounding domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“It is not just about physical hurt, it is also psychological and it does not only occur in intimate relationships.

“We need victims to know that they do not need to suffer, help is available throughout this ongoing Covid-19 crisis.”

The funding will enable Just For Women to increase their telephone and online advice and support for clients, as well as providing a safe space where survivors can disclose, seek advice and receive support to enable them to cope and recover from their traumatic experiences.

Founder Linda Kirk said: “I cannot express enough how much this funding will help those who have been subject to this kind of abuse.

“We will endeavour to build on this service and hope to reach out to those who need this support or therapy.

“There has been such a rise in historic abuse over the past five years and we have seen many cases of victims who have been so brave to step forward to tell their stories. Social attitudes have changed more now for individuals to come forward.

“After-care services are needed with the influx of those seeking justice and closure to help them move forward with their lives.”

For support from Just for Women contact their Facebook page.