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Gang Violence: Young Women Protected By Government-Backed Project

Minister visits Safer London Foundation to see how lives of hundreds of vulnerable girls and young women are being transformed

Published on 18 April 2014

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by Norman Baker MP


London, England

The lives of hundreds of vulnerable girls and young women affected by gang violence are being transformed by a Home Office-backed project.

During the past 12 months, the Safer London Foundation has supported around 500 young women in London at risk of or involved in gang activity as part of its Empower programme.

Four Young People’s Advocates, who cover the boroughs of Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Enfield, Camden and Croydon, provide direct support to young women who have been victims or are at risk of sexual violence by gangs.

The advocates are funded by the Home Office, which is investing £360,000 in the Safer London Foundation as part of £1.2 million across the country over 3 years. The investment is part of the government’s Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme.

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Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker visited the Safer London Foundation to see the success of the Empower project and speak to people involved in this work.

Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said:

"The coalition government is leading ground breaking work with partners to support women and girls whose lives have been blighted by violence and sexual abuse at the hands of gangs.

"The Safer London Foundation’s Empower programme is a powerful force for good, helping those at risk move away from gang activity.

"These issues are being tackled for the first time and, while there is much still to do, schemes such as Empower are producing life-changing results for many young women."

For more information about this press release visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/gang-violence-young-women-protected-by-government-backed-project



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Posted 2014-04-18 16:31:00