Young people who become the victims of bullying are now receiving help and support from Victim Support South Leicestershire following the Scheme's launch of an eight week course offering advice and practical solutions to bullying for school pupils.
Co-ordinator Rachel Ball said the decision to set up the course for 11 to 14-year-olds has been taken after some victims of bullying became victims of more serious crimes.
"The course was initiated following a high number of referrals, where bullying had led to serious assaults taking place," said Rachel.
"At the time the local press were also featuring concerns of parents and pupils in the area who were concerned about the increase in severity and the occurrence of bullying incidents."
Victim Support Powys is to launch a specialised service for victims of rape and sexual assault after securing extra funding from the Government.
The Scheme has been awarded £11,000 under the Home Office's Reducing Violence Against Women Initiative, which will be used to give victims support throughout the process, starting at the reporting stage.
Peter Anderson, Area Manager of VS Powys, welcomed the award: "We know that considerable numbers of women do not report sexual crimes because they are not confident that they will be treated sensitively throughout the ensuing legal process," said Peter.
"Yet we also know that there has been a significant improvement in the way all agencies - the police, the CPS and the courts - respond to rape victims. There is a need to do more and we hope that our support will make a difference for women in Powys."
Victim Support Somerset received a double boost when it moved its headquarters to new offices in Ilminster.
As well as settling in to its new, improved facilities, VS Somerset also received a funding boost when the South Somerset District Council presented a donation of £3,000 - almost double the previous donation.
The new base includes office space for eight staff, a meeting room and a quiet room, while the previous headquarters at the Crown Courts in Taunton will remain the base for the Witness Service.
Speaking at the official opening of the new offices, Area Manager Paul Lloyd said: "What is important is that this move to larger premises gives us the opportunity to expand our current services, including the launch of a number of initiatives to help promote the work of Somerset Victim Support and raise more funds."
Agencies from across the country attended a national conference to tackle homophobic bullying in schools, organised by the Bolton Homophobic Bullying Forum, which includes VS Bolton.
The conference, at the UMIST Conference Centre in Manchester, was designed to develop practical strategies to help and support young gay men, lesbians and bisexual people aged 12 and over.
The results of a pilot project by the Bolton Forum were published at the conference; of the 25 schools contacted as part of the project, most were aware of verbal homophobic bullying, yet none had a bullying or disciplinary policy which would tackle the issue.
Two schools were asked to record all homophobic incidents, including language used in a derogatory way; 35 incidents were recorded in the first two days.
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