Domestic abuse charity is axed

PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 January 2011

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A DOMESTIC abuse charity which has helped thousands of victims flee from violence in North Somerset is set to be axed.

North Somerset Against Domestic Abuse (NADA) is to close at the end of March after the Government announced its latest set of cutbacks.

Juley Howard, NADA manager, said: “The loss of NADA’s services will mean that hundreds of women and children across North Somerset will be left with no-one to turn to.

“Yet domestic abuse is a crime - a crime which wrecks lives. Not just in the obvious ways like physical injury, but also in the subtler forms such as psychological, emotional and financial abuse.

“It destroys the lives of generations of women, men and children across all backgrounds - regardless of age, class, race and income.

“Frankly I am really worried about what will happen to people if NADA loses it’s funding.”

The organisation was founded in 2000 and is a community-based support service which works with around 50-60 women each month who are victims of domestic abuse.

It provides information, housing support, help with grant applications, court attendance and a high-risk advocacy service.

Staff also offer intensive training to victims which helps them move on from their ordeal.

One victim, who does not wish to be named, said: “I had no-one to turn to until I contacted NADA.

“The impact of the abuse was terrible – and especially on the children.

“One started banging his head against walls every time there was an argument, and he would put his hands over his ears. It was heartbreaking.”

Juley added: “The reality is that domestic abuse is not going to go away – but the ability to provide help and a means of escape clearly is.

“I just hope that North Somerset Council will manage to find a way round this – or else I dread to think what will happen to the many people who need our help both now and in the future.”

For more information contact NADA on 01934 627841 or email info.nada@novasscarman.org

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