Police Minister visits MKACT to encourage more victims to come forward

Police Minister, Mike Penning MP, visited MKACT to discuss the importance of victims of domestic abuse coming forward and seeking support.
Police Minister, Mike Penning MP, visited MKACT to discuss the importance of victims of domestic abuse coming forward and seeking support.

Police Minister, Mike Penning MP, visited MKACT to discuss the importance of victims of domestic abuse coming forward and seeking support.

MKACT, based in CMK, is an independent charitable organisation aiming to provide support for and protect adults and children from incidents of domestic abuse.

MKACT offer many different avenues of support including a crisis intervention service (CIS), accommodation and on-going individual programmes.

After the visit, Mike Penning, Minister of State for Policing, said, “It was a pleasure to come and find out about MKACT.

“Domestic abuse is such a sensitive and emotional crime, women often feel trapped and find it extremely hard to reach out.

“That’s why organisations such as this are so important.”

He added: “I was blown away by the facilities and support MKACT offer victims, it is certainly one the best examples I have seen in the UK.”

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart, said: “It was a really productive visit for the Minister and myself. I can’t express how important it is for victims to come forward and seek help, even though it is a huge step for someone to take.

“MKACT are outstanding and very sympathetic organisation. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, whether it is physical or emotional, give them a call.”

Estella Edwards, Chief Executive Officer of MKACT added: “In January alone our crisis intervention service received 63 referrals, so it was good for us to show the Minister what we are doing here and how we deal with the demand on the service.

“I was delighted the Minister was impressed with what we are doing. We have great staff both at our refuges’ and at the CIS. We have modern facilities that can support victims and give them hope for the future.

“Echoing what Iain said, I would urge anyone out there who needs help to get in touch.”

If you would like to get in touch with MKACT visit www.mkact.com or call 0844 375 4307.