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16th Jun, 2021

PCC to fund new initiative to help parents abused by their children

PARENTS who are abused by their children are to receive specialist support following an investment by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion.

As part of an investment of nearly £250,000 from the Ministry of Justice in services for victims and survivors of all types of domestic abuse and sexual violence, the PCC has invested in PEGS, an organisation which works with families impacted by physical, financial, emotional or sexual behaviour displayed by children of any age.

Other investments include tailored support for male victims of domestic violence, counselling for sexual violence victims with learning difficulties and support for female victims at risk of becoming involved in crime.

PCC Campion said: “Victims are at the heart of everything we do, and my commitment as Commissioner is to ensure there are many different routes in place to help people cope and recover.

“These investments will provide dedicated, expert support to everyone who needs help, when they need it.”

PEGS founding director Michelle John said: “Research indicates between three and ten per cent of families are impacted but many parents report a lack of support, so we aim to provide the assistance, advocacy and listening ear they so desperately need.”

The investments are in addition to the PCC’s recent £2million investment for independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA) and independent sexual violence advisor roles.

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