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CoLab to deliver local project to help vulnerable women turn their backs on crime:

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CoLab Exeter has been successful in its bid to be one of six organisations around the country to deliver a new Ministry of Justice project that will help vulnerable women at risk of committing crime.

The project will provide tailored, targeted support to break the cycle of reoffending, and support women to turn their lives around for good by increasing the support on offer to female offenders both behind bars and in the community. This should improve life chances for vulnerable women and cut crime.

Devon is one of six areas nationally to be awarded the money, which will be used to provide a more joined-up and tailored support for local women at risk of crime and in the justice system. It will bring together local agencies and services to provide wraparound care and support to women to turn their backs on crime for good.

The project has been designed to help generate better working relationships with counterparts in the NHS, courts and police, making sure that vulnerable women have access to the services they need.

One area which has already benefited from the funding has developed a successful early intervention pilot, identifying female offenders as soon as they come into contact with the police.

Almost half of women released from prison reoffend within a year. Yet many suffer from a range of complex issues including substance misuse, mental health problems and domestic violence. These require specialist support and intervention to improve lives and end the scourge of reoffending which costs the taxpayer £15 billion a year.

For more information contact Amanda Kilroy on 01392 202055 or email [email protected] 

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