Domestic abuse service run by new provider

PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 January 2015 | UPDATED: 14:47 13 January 2015

Somerset County Council.

Somerset County Council.

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VICTIMS of domestic abuse will be given a single point of contact and more support in finding emergency accommodation when a service relaunches with a new provider.

Knightstone Housing has taken over the running of Somerset County Council’s domestic abuse services.

Knightstone plans to operate a 24-hour helpline to offer support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse, either as a victim or perpetrator.

And Knightstone will work with Barnardo’s to work with children and young people who are also affected by it.

Sonia Furzland, assistant director of supported housing at Knightstone, said: “Supporting people impacted by domestic abuse and their children to live safe and stable lives is our priority.

“Together with Barnardo’s, our partner in delivering these services, we’ve been working closely with clients and stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition to this new integrated service.

“We’ve got substantial experience of supporting people impacted by domestic abuse so we can assure people of a safe, reliable and confidential service.”

Professionals will also be able to contact the service to make referrals, as well as any member of the public who wants advice about domestic abuse, including refuge and safe-house properties.

A mixture of emergency accommodation across the county will also be provided for men and women who want to flee domestic abuse.

Anyone affected by domestic abuse can call the Domestic Abuse Freephone Support on 08006 949999 or visit www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk for a list of other contact numbers and advice.

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