Having a support service, which operates 24-hours-a-day 365-days-a-year, is invaluable to a victim of domestic abuse.
In Swindon, we are lucky that Swindon Women's Aid, offer a dedicated and confidential support service to those who have been a victim of domestic abuse.
The team consists of specialist domestic abuse support staff who provide advice and support irrespective of the time - day or night. Advice is given on how to exit abusive relationships safely and an emergency refuge is offered to those needing to leave their homes due to the abuse.
The Women's Aid refuge and associated services are commissioned in partnership with Swindon Borough Council.
Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire and Swindon's Police and Crime Commissioner, supports the refuge financially in partnership with other commissioners, statutory partners and support services in Swindon.
He said: "Swindon Women's Aid provide an invaluable service to victims of domestic abuse living in Swindon.
"As well as the telephone helpline and refuge - they also offer a community service whereby support is offered on an outreach basis. There is a young person's team who support the young people living in the refuge and the team liaise with local schools and colleges in raising awareness of healthy relationships.
"All this positive work in putting victims first and providing first class advice is why I am delighted to support Swindon Women's Aid".