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Threshold women’s counselling and crèche service has welcomed the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) report showing prosecutions and convictions for violence against women and girls have risen by 15,000 over four years.
Threshold saw over 300 women for counselling in 2011-2012. In more than 200 of these cases women seeking support as a result of experiencing violence against them including sexual violence.
The CPS launched its Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy in 2008. It focused on a number of issues including domestic violence, rape, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
The rise in the number of convictions in violent crimes against women and girls is welcomed. It is vitally important that we continue to raise awareness of this issue and it is essential that support services for victims remain in place and are not lost to the imminent government cuts.
We see lots of women that have lived with being a victim of violence for many years and disclose this to us sometimes for the first time through counselling. The lasting effects can include depression, anxiety and loss of self-confidence affecting their daily coping skills and overall wellbeing.
Emma Seymour, BHT Mental Health Services Senior Manager