Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson funds a number of support services throughout Wiltshire and Swindon that help victims of domestic abuse. Every day this week we will be highlighting each of them in the hope that many more victims will be empowered to get the help they need.
I am delighted to commission £85,000 worth of funding into Swindon Women's Aid.
Swindon Women's Aid is a domestic abuse service for residents living in the Swindon area.
The service operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year supporting both female and male victims of domestic violence and abuse. They provide support to those living in Swindon who need help to exit their abusive relationships safely, and provide emergency refuge to those who need to flee their homes due to the violence and abuse.
A 24-hour telephone helpline (01793 610610), which is answered by specialist domestic abuse service staff, is available to provide advice and support irrespective of the time you call.
They provide both specialist emergency refuge for women and children fleeing violence and abuse and a community service which provides outreach support to both female and male victims, including those in same sex relationships. A small children and young people's team is also offered which supports the children and young people living in the refuge and they also work with local schools and colleges in raising awareness of healthy relationships.
Domestic violence and abuse can take place regardless of age, class, ethnicity, lifestyle, religion or sexuality. What is important is that if it is happening to you it is not your fault and you do not have to suffer alone. For advice and support please call Swindon Women's Aid on 01793 610610.