Eastwood charity to provide female plumbers for domestic abuse survivors

An Eastwood charity has set up a new plumbing partnership to provide ‘peace of mind’ to victims of domestic abuse.

Wednesday, 28th July 2021, 10:52 am
Leeva Plumbing and Heating will provide female plumbers for survivors of domestic abuse.

For survivors of domestic abuse, allowing a male tradesperson to enter the home can elicit extreme fear and anxiety.

Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) has announced it will be working in partnership with Leeva Plumbing and Heating to provide the women supported by the charity with a female plumber.

The Eastwood-based charity were recently approached by Lee Shapcott, director of Leeva Plumbing and Heating in Ripley, who offered a female-only service to vulnerable women.

Lee said: “When one of our members of the team shared their experience of domestic abuse with me, I realised that we could help women who were not happy having male tradespeople in their home, whether it was them or their children who felt vulnerable.

“We’d recently employed a female plumber and realised that we could talk to charities, like BWP, and let them know of us, so they can put us in touch with the women they support.”

BWP outreach manager Hannah said: “It was great to hear from Leeva out of the blue, and to hear about their experience, and service.

"When a woman begins living independently after leaving an abusive relationship, there are many aspects of daily life that will cause anxiety.

"We support women as much as we can as they go through this, helping them face hurdles that many of us would never think of.

“Being able to put them in touch with a female plumbing and heating service if we know that will be beneficial to them gives us real peace of mind.”

Broxtowe Women’s Project provides a confidential helpline, outreach service, training courses and drop-in sessions, all aimed at empowering women and to help them survive domestic abuse.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, contact the charity on 01773 719 111.