Lifeline is good but the future needs protecting

It is welcome news that funding has been found to continue the vital service that Cease24 provides.

The Gazette highlighted the issue a fortnight ago when we discovered that the service, based in Alnwick, was to close.

And thanks to our publicity and that of other media the county council has seen fit to continue it for another 12 months.

However, while the money is in place to keep it going until March 2015, we need to make sure that the long-term future of the project is also protected.

Domestic violence is the hidden killer. Far too many people die because they cannot access the help and support that they need.

And Cease24 can often be the difference between victims’ life or death.

They also provide an essential service for children and young people whose lives have been affected by domestic violence.

We must not rest on our laurels and think the job is now finished, there is a long road ahead to ensuring that Cease24 is sustained for the long-term and that victims continue to get the support and help they need.