Help for domestic abuse victims

Men and women who are the victims of domestic violence are being offered help from a new project launched today in Beverley.

The Break Away project is being launched by the Cherry Tree Community Association, based at the town’s Cherry Tree Centre.

It will provide a confidential advice line, a drop-in session and one-to-one support sessions on an appointment basis.

The confidential advice line will be available on Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm, by ringing (01482) 333783 and messages can be left at other times.

On Mondays there will be a drop-in session from 1 to 3pm, and the one-to-one appointments will be on Fridays, also from 1 to 3pm.

One-to-one telephone support will also be available for people who have difficulty accessing the centre, such as people without transport or with a disability.

The Break Away project has been launched with the support of local funding and it is hoped to secure further funds from the National Lottery Reaching Communities fund.

Project manager Amanda Roberts explained: “The aim of the project is to support all men and women who are suffering from domestic violence and abuse - we want to create a place where vulnerable men and women feel they can go to speak to someone who will take time to listen.

“This needs to be a place where men and women know they will receive a warm welcome in a safe non-judgmental environment, where they are able to access the relevant information and advice that will help them.”

Amanda said she can identify with the victims of domestic violence from her own experience, and is keen to let them know that there is a place where they can go for help.

“Through my onw personal experiences I know the value of support that other people give in times of vulnerability and crisis,” she added.

The project was being officially launched today by the Mayor of Beverley, Councillor Margaret Pinder, who is supporting the Cherry Tree Centre as one of her charities for the year.

stic violence is not a new problem, however like a lot of social ills which were formerly hidden behind closed doors, there is increased awareness of this as an issue.

“It is very important to combat it that support is provided to victims because it is a very lonely place to be when people are being abused in a domestic situation - it the one place they should feel safe and the one place they are most vulnerable.

“It is one of the most difficult things for which to seek help, and it is extremely important that help is available and is accessible.”