Lottery Cash to Aid Victims of Violence; Project Says It Can Now Target Minority Groups

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Byline: SAMANTHA CLARKE

ALMOST pounds 200,000 in lottery money is to be spent on supporting victims of domestic violence in Rugby as counsellors try to reach out to minority groups.

Co-ordinators of the Rugby Domestic Violence Project are celebrating after securing almost pounds 188,000 from the National Lottery's Community Fund, which will be used over the next three years to develop existing services and to serve a wider variety of people in the town.

Co-ordinators say the charity's support and counselling services are already widely used by couples who live together.

But they are looking to use the cash to highlight the services among members of minority groups including travelling families, homosexuals, ethnic minorities and teenagers.

They are also hoping to promote the support on offer among people who are suffering other forms of abuse from their partners, including financial, mental and sexual.

Di Perkins, of the Rugby Domestic Violence Project, said: "We really want to start working more with young people, both the victims and perpetrators of violence. …