Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Helping victims of Rape and Domestic Abuse
The government will provide an extra £17 million of taxpayers' money to support and protect victims of rape and domestic abuse this winter, ensuring that support is always available to people who suffer from these heinous crimes.
There has been a deeply concerning rise in people reaching out to domestic abuse charities during the pandemic, and our message to victims of during this unprecedented time is clear: you are not alone.
So the government will provide nearly £11 million of taxpayers' money to support a range of services offering practical and emotional help, allowing organisations to recruit more staff and adapt to offering remote support during the winter. A further £7 million will be invested on a range of innovative programmes aimed at perpetrators, and which are designed to prevent domestic abuse from happening in the first place.
This funding will make sure that vital help is always available for those who need it, while tackling the root causes of violent behaviour that can bring so much harm.