A new strategy to tackle violence against women and girls has been launched in Thurrock by Victims and Equalities Minister Helen Grant.
The new strategy from Thurrock County Council will see specialists from voluntary organisations work with experts from the local council and Essex police to help victims of domestic abuse and violent crime.
The Government supports this partnership approach to ensure victims have access to the best support and services they may need.
The strategy is launched as part of 16 days of action to support the UN international day for the elimination of violence against women. The campaign has also been marked in England and Wales by the introduction of new stalking laws that give extra protection to victims.
Helen Grant, Victims and Equalities Minister, said:
'The government's ambition is nothing less than ending all forms of violence against women and girls. More abusers should, and will, be brought to justice. As Victims' Minister I'm delighted to endorse the approach being taken in Thurrock and will do all I can to continue to raise awareness of issues facing all victims.
'We now have more laws to support victims and for the first time nearly £40 million of central government funding is in place for organisations that do so much to help support victims of violence against women.'