Support workers for victims of domestic abuse say an NHS funding boost for an Eastwood support group will make a huge difference.
Broxtowe Women’s Project based in Eastwood is one of 26 support groups and community initiatives in the area to receive grants from a £50,000 pot administered by NHS Nottingham West.
The victim support group provides outreach, information and community based support to women who have been or are still abused by their partners.
Project Manager Lynne Cumming said that projects such as this one are vital as they offer women who are isolated an alternative way to access support.
She added: “This funding will provide a 12-week Freedom Programme until December and another eight-week programme in 2015, connecting women and offering therapeutic sessions.
“Through the Freedom Programme women can connect with others who have had similar experiences and this will greatly reduce their feeling of isolation.
“Many women who have attended our groups have felt isolated, and we aim to help them to become more confident and to feel more empowered to lead safe and healthy lives,”
One member of a previous group programme who did not wish to be identified said: “It’s emotional but I have realised that things which are happening are out of my control.
“I get to hear from other women and to know I’m not the reason I’m in an abusive situation.”
In Broxtowe 1,178 victims of domestic violence were recorded in 2014 and Eastwood South has been identified as the worst ward in south Nottinghamshire, with 755 incidents in the past three years.
Broxtowe Women’s Project helped around 400 women last year through outreach support, telephone support, drop-ins and group programmes, and the requirement for the outreach service increased by 31 per cent in the past 12 months.
The number of women who need support is expected to keep rising over the next few years so support workers at the project say that funding from the Lifestyle Initiative will go a long way.
For information call 01773 718555 or visit broxtowewomensproject.org.uk.