Many organizations in Bournemouth offer support and assistance to victims of domestic abuse.
Maintaining these services requires a contract from the Bournemouth Borough Council that will provide the selected organization with funding for the next year.
Each year, organizations such as the BCHA scramble for a contract. In March 2016, CRI’s (Crime Reduction Initiative) contract with Bournemouth Borough Council ended, and was replaced by BCHA.
The BCHA (Bournemouth Churches Housing Association), provides help over the phone, counseling, and re-housing of victims, and their families if deemed necessary.
The BCHA is currently on an annual contract with the Bournemouth Borough Council, which provides the organization with funding. According to BCHA Move-On Coach and Outreach Worker, Miss Megan Gunnell, the organization depends not only the contract, but also on local charities and churches.
“Without their support, says Gunnell, we wouldn’t be able to provide many of the services we currently do.” Local charities provide clothes, furniture, and toiletries for the women that access the re-housing services or refuge of the BCHA. ”
The refuge in Bournemouth run by the BCHA can house 18 women, and their outreach programs can house 25 women. This can result in women being unable to find refuge if there is a surplus seeking help, a prominent issue in many refuges in Bournemouth. They also provide courses on “family and intervention” and “pattern changing” to members of the public.
Without funding from the Council and the “good will of the public”, organizations such as this would be unable to continue their work.