Pathways Project receives £100k funding boost

AS part of the Government’s commitment to stamping out violence against women, Scottish Borders Council’s Pathways Project will receive £100,000 to keep up the good work it is doing in tackling the issue in the region.

The grant was revealed by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon when she announced last week that £34.5 million has been invested to combat attacks on women and protecting those affected.

A total of 138 projects across the length and breadth of Scotland are benefitting from £11.5m of funding each year from 2012-2015 and these include projects which provide support for women and children who are suffering from domestic abuse, or for women who have been violently or sexually abused.

Announcing the funding, Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “Tackling violence against women is a high priority for the Scottish Government and I have always been very clear that violence against women will not be tolerated.

“We value the work that is done by many organisations in combating such violence, and that is why we are investing this money in helping to improve the support that is available for victims of abuse.

“Since 2007, funding for violence against women work has doubled and the Scottish Government has demonstrated its commitment, despite budget constraints, to maintaining spending in this crucial area of work.”

The Scottish Borders Pathway Project has been allocated £100,000 per year for three years which will enable SBC and its key partners – NHS Borders, Lothian and Borders Police and Borders Housing Network – to deliver its newly redesigned domestic abuse services for adults and children across the Scottish Borders.

Commenting on the funding award, Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, Safer Communities Manager said: “This funding is most welcome at a time when we are trying to use scarce resources more effectively, and the Pathway Project is a good example of how we can work in partnership to deliver a robust, safe response to all victims of domestic abuse.

“The Scottish Government’s funding contributes significantly to the project, and adds value to the recent Big Lottery award, which gives us the investment we really need to make a difference in tackling the problem of domestic abuse”.