Dunfermline MSP welcomes £400,000 funding to aid sufferers of domestic abuse

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A Dunfermline MSP has praised the work of Fife Women’s Aid after the organisation received a large sum of funding.

Fife Women’s Aid has received a grant of almost £400,000 to help domestic abuse sufferers along the road from victim to survivor.

Welcoming the news, Dunfermline SNP MSP Bill Walker said: “Congratulations to Ruth Thomson and everyone at Fife Women’s Aid. They do brilliant work, and it’s great to see significant funding supporting their service, enabling them to keep aiding abused women in Dunfermline and Fife.

“This funding will help around 1700 Fife sufferers of domestic abuse, over five years. Evidence suggests early intervention can lead to a 60 per cent reduction in future occurrences of domestic abuse, so this funding is welcome news indeed.”

The Becoming a Survivor grant, of £399,170, is part of the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities ‘Transitions’ awards, which aim to tackle disadvantages and address inequalities during life transition periods.

The grant will support the Domestic Abuse Advocacy Service, which will enable Fife Women’s Aid to offer advocacy services to domestic abuse sufferers in Fife. The project aims to meet the complex needs of abuse sufferers, improve victim well-being, give early access to emotional and practical support, and help abuse suffers to live safely in the homes of their choice.