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Victims of domestic and sexual abuse can now access a range of valuable support options after a new partnership project, backed by the PCC, launched this week.

The Phoenix Project has been commissioned by PCC Angus Macpherson and Wiltshire Council and will be provided by Splitz Support Service.

Angus committed to put the victim at the heart of Wiltshire Police's work - a key priority in his Police and Crime Plan. As part of this commitment, £220k for the project, around a third of the overall cost, was delivered from the Ministry of Justice's victim commissioning fund.

The project, which is based in Trowbridge but has outreach points across the county, provides support to domestic abuse and sexual abuse victims. Phoenix will be able to support adults, children and families in the community or through the provision of safe accommodation.

Angus said: "Domestic violence and abuse can have a devastating impact on the victims - damaging their lives, and that of their families, irrevocably.

"I am delighted this service will ensure the victim is not forgotten while in the criminal justice system and will also provide vital preventative engagement work with vulnerable people before situations spiral dangerously out of control

"Working together is key to providing streamlined, effective, support services and solutions at the heart of our county's communities."

Angus believes that by working together with partner agencies and charities to provide community-based preventative solutions and support and advice for victims will also help to relieve demand on police resources.

At present the force's Public Protection Department have a team of dedicated officers and staff that work behind the scenes and beyond the beat to help victims of domestic abuse, and secure convictions and court orders to safeguard families.

Angus and Chief Constable Kier Pritchard are keen that residents are more aware of the hidden demands on staff and officers' time, and the frequent squeezing of resources.

Their joint summer-long campaign - Beyond The Beat - has been giving insight into the other side of policing from mental health demands and cybercrime to modern day slavery and dangerous drug networks

You can join in the conversation and keep up-to-date on our spotlight by following our social media channels and using #BeyondTheBeat.


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