Additional help for abuse sufferers

Broxtowe Women’s Project is based in Eastwood and offers help to women across the north of the borough who are from suffering from domestic abuse.

Staff who work at the site, at an anonymous location, offer advice over the phone and also out in the community, where they meet up with victims wherever is best for them.

“People will call in and we look at the issues in hand,” said co-ordinator Sujata Mahay.

“We will do a support plan and a safety plan. People are often too scared to ring the police so we need to look at the safeguarding part of it all.

“This might just if people don’t want to leave their partner but they want to keep themselves safe, we can offer advice.

“We offer a lot of emotional support as well. Some women just want to offload emotionally about what they’ve been through and sometimes we refer them to counsellor.

“It’s all about empowering the woman to make their own choices about what they want to do” she said.

The organisation is currently running several initiatives to offer additional support after a focus group they ran flagged up the exact type of help women were after.

They have just started running legal surgeries with Nelsons Solicitors.

Held twice a month, victims can book a 30 to 40 minute session with a family solicitor to talk through their options.

Sujata said: “It’s where they can get free inpartial advice on anything from child contact arrangements to molestation orders.

“It’s a great chance for women to fund out what their options are.

“It will empower women and give them what they need to see a way forward and it will help protect their children as well as themselves. A lot of women stay in an abusive relationahsip due to a joint mortgage or divorce proceedings for example. An awful lot of issues come down to legal advice.”

BWP is also offering a confidence building course in partnership with Central College Nottingham.

The courses are being run on Mondays until until May 23.

Sujata said: “They help people who struggle to move on with life afterwards.

“Some women find their confidence has been so shattered they can’t get a job.”

Being run every Wednesday until July, a ‘Freedom Programme’ will also look at the typical characteristics of an abuser and is aimed at survivors of abuse.

Staff are now looking at taking on an additional 20 volunteers.

“Our volunteers would be used to run a number of initiatives,” said Sujata.

“A lot of women relapse and go back to an abusive relationahsip becasue they feel lonely, and often they just need someone to stop them thinking they are on their own.

“We’re also looking at running new coffee mornings because ladies want to meet people who have been through the same as them. These would be volunteer-led.”

To be booked on to any of the support sessions mentioned, or for advice of any kind, just ring the team condfidentially on 01773 718 555.