Mansfield charity awarded £17,055 boost to tackle teen violence

Domestic violence group launch a teen violence campaign, attended by the police and crime commisioner. Pictured is Chris Cutland Police and Crime Commisioner and Trustee Simon Bernocki.
Domestic violence group launch a teen violence campaign, attended by the police and crime commisioner. Pictured is Chris Cutland Police and Crime Commisioner and Trustee Simon Bernocki.

An anti domestic-violence charity in Mansfield has been given a financial boost in a bid to tackle abuse in teenage relationships.

A cheque for more than £17,055 has been awarded to NIDAS (Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services) on St John Street by the Police Crime Commissioner to consult with young people to look at the impact of violence.

A consultation is being planned for January in which NIDAS will appeal to those aged between 16 and 17 to gauge understanding, perceptions and attitudes to young people experiencing abuse in relationships, whether they are victims or perpetrators.

Lisa Haydon, director of services at NIDAS said: “This has been on our radar for some time, we’ve been working with young people who are experiencing this in the last four years and we’re concerned.

“The purpose is to understand what these people understand, who these young people are speaking with, parents or maybe a teacher and if they are equipped enough. Hopefully we’ll be able to get enough information to eventually speak to these people at their own level.”

Despite the windfall, there are hopes at NIDAS that further can be sought to help keep the project running for three years.

“It was really competitive to get this money but it’s fantastic,“ added Lisa.

“We’re only a small domestic abuse organisation so to get this funding it really exciting for us. We’ve been doing preparation work for the last three months so we’re ready to start in January.”