Housing trust supporting victims of domestic abuse

  • Weaver Vale Housing Trust, based in Cheshire, has launched two programmes to support adult and child victims of domestic abuse.

    The first of the two programmes will begin in January and will consist of twelve weekly sessions which look into the effect of domestic abuse and the road to recovery. It aims to provide victims with life-long tools to enable them to enjoy health relationships in the future.

    There will also be a separate eight-week programme for young victims will also begin in the New Year, which will offer tools for recovery for young people who have witnessed or grown up around domestic abuse, reports 24dash.

    Kate Blakemore, support worker for WVHT, said: "Figures show that one in four relationships suffer from some form of domestic abuse and we know that many residents at Cotswold House have been a victim, or have witnessed abuse in the family home when growing up. Therefore we are delighted to be able to provide essential support and hopefully give victims the life-long tools and confidence to engage in healthy relationships in the future."

    The staff training for both programmes was made possible through a recent national lottery grant which also funded a workshop that looked at healthy relationships and recognising the signs of physical, financial, emotional and sexual abuse.

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