Council fund domestic abuse support

PUBLISHED: 12:30 08 July 2011

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NEW funding has given to help domestic abuse sufferers in North Somerset.

North Somerset Council have awarded Barnardo’s South West a grant of £18,500 to fund a project called Time Together.

The project helps families across the district suffering from the affects of domestic abuse the chance to rebuild their lives.

The charity has been supporting children and families in south and central Weston for more than eight years.

Although support is available for all families regardless of their circumstances, 33 per cent of families go to the charity for domestic violence support.

Domestic abuse co-ordinator Louise Branch at North Somerset Council said: “The council is working with partners across North Somerset to support families who have experienced domestic abuse. Support for children is a key part of this strategy and we are pleased that Barnardo’s is leading this important project.”

Baranardo’s children’s services manager for North Somerset services Anthony Hill said: “Barnardo’s has been working with families affected by domestic abuse for several years.

“We know the terrible impact that domestic abuse can have on parents and children alike.

“The new Time Together service aims to help families damaged by domestic abuse through counselling, advice and practical support service.

“We hope that these services will have a real lasting impact on those families suffering from domestic abuse in the district.”

The service will work closely with partner agencies such as the North Somerset against domestic abuse, which supports women who are dealing with domestic abuse, providing practical and legal support.

Heather Colbeck, the charity’s director of children’s services said: “It is crucial that we help families suffering from the affects of domestic abuse, which can be severely life changing.

“We know that situations of domestic abuse have long lasting implications for families and for society at large.

“The counselling and family support services that Time Together offers will give families the extra support they need to try and rebuild their lives.”

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