New help for domestic violence victims

A PROGRAMME to tackle the “taboo” subject of domestic violence and expose its harsh realities has been launched.

Dave Gooderham

A PROGRAMME to tackle the “taboo” subject of domestic violence and expose its harsh realities has been launched.

Victims of domestic violence will be able to start rebuilding self-esteem and confidence thanks to The Freedom Programme when it is launched in the New Year.

The 12-week scheme, funded by Babergh Community Safety Partnership (CSP) will look at the tactics, behaviours and the beliefs of abusers, the impact this behaviour has on victims and their families and how to recognise potential abusive relationships.

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It is open to any woman who has been or is currently affected by the impact of an abusive relationship and organisers hope the sessions will help improve the lives of victims.

Ann Scott, Babergh's community safety officer, said: “Domestic violence and abuse is still quite a taboo subject and people don't like to think about it happening.

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“It is more commonplace than most think and to ensure that people trapped in abusive situations - or those who are trying to help a victim - are not forgotten about, we must talk about it and educate people.

“The CSP recognises that at this time of year, domestic abuse reported to the police dramatically increases and has funded this rolling programme aimed at raising the victim's awareness and understanding of the pattern of abusive behaviour.

“If the programme can help just one woman escape an abusive relationship or situation, then it will have been worth it.”

The sessions, which are being run by Babergh Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum for the CSP, start on January 6 at the Cornfield's Children Centre, Head Lane, Great Cornard, near Sudbury.

The project is a rolling programme so attendees can start at any point from January 6 though organisers say it is advisable to try and complete the full 12 weeks. The sessions all run from 9.30am until 12.30pm.

For more information, or for anyone wanting to book a place on the course, contact Ann Scott on 01473 826616 or email .

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