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Age UKIW has launched a new service to provide support for older members of the Island’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual & Transgender) community affected by domestic abuse or ‘gay’ hate crime.

The project, supported by many Island partners including the Police, is funded by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police Crime Commissioner.

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The remit of the project is to work, with relevant partners, to provide support for older members of the Island’s LGBT community who may be victims of ‘Gay’ Hate Crime or LGBT Domestic Violence.

Anna Murray, the support worker for the project, will be working to develop appropriate and relevant services and support and building community self reliance amongst members of the Island’s LGBT community.

Anna said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to provide a much needed service designed to support the LGBT community affected by these issues. This is a hidden problem and members of the LGBT community affected can now come and talk to me in an anonymous and safe environment.”

The aspiration is to work with partners to support victims and work towards prevention of offences, re-offending and support client needs. In order to make this happen Anna is currently engaging with relevant partners on a strategic level to ensure issues affecting the Island’s LGBT community remain high on the agenda of commissioners, decision-makers and  service providers.

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As part of this project Anna will be holding confidential and discrete drop in sessions from 10:00-12:00 on every first Wednesday of the month until further notice at Age UKIW in Newport.

Anna Murray can be contacted on 01983 525282.

Photographed L-R: Anna Murray, LGBT Domestic Abuse & Hate Crime Support Worker with Laura Franklin, Assistant Police Crime Commissioner and Mark O’Sullivan, Manager of Age UKIW Community Services

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