MP Trudy Harrison has praised Whitehaven’s Women Out West Centre and Copeland Hub in Parliament.

During Home Office questions about domestic abuse on Monday, she asked Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins: “Will my Right Honourable Friend join me in commending the new and excellent Women Out West Centre in Whitehaven, which is having a huge impact on women and their families in my constituency, in partnership with the Copeland Hub, which she recently visited?”

The Minister responded: “I would be delighted to commend the centre. It was a pleasure to visit the Copeland hub - a great example of multi-agency working, which, as everyone in the House knows, is essential if we are to tackle this pernicious crime of domestic abuse effectively across our country.”

Ending domestic abuse is a priority for the Government which today (Tuesday) will introduce the Domestic Abuse Bill to include a set of ground-breaking measures to promote awareness, support victims and children, tackle perpetrators and improve services.

The Women Out West Centre, based at Haig Enterprise Park, Kells, is an inspiring project from Rachel Holliday to support women and build their strengths, skills and confidence by providing information, advice, support, training and education. And Copeland Hub is a successful multi-agency scheme set up to tackle anti-social behaviour in Copeland.