Last week (Friday January 17) Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping met domestic violence counsellors in the latest of a series of visits to understand how victims are being supported.
Commissioner Tipping attended Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid in Worksop to find out more about its Star Project - Supporting Teenagers in Abusive Relationships - which supports vulnerable young girls between the ages of 13 to 18 who are at risk within their own intimate relationship or already experiencing domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, honour-based violence, forced marriage or online stalking and harassment. As part of the initiative, counsellors work individually and in small groups with women to empower them and raise their self-esteem so they can reach their full potential. The project also works on positive behaviour and coping strategies to educate the young women so they can recognise unhealthy relationships early on and make positive relationship choices.
The project has received funding worth £18,750 from the Commissioner’s Community Safety Partnership Fund to expand its services, which have delivered promising results. Some of the women involved in the project have since found the courage to end their abusive relationship.
Mandy Green, Women’s Aid’s Head of Services said: “This funding enables us to provide much needed services to women, children and young people whose lives have been affected by domestic abuse.”
Commissioner Tipping has made no secret of his intention to help protect vulnerable women and young girls in line with his pre-election pledges and his Police and Crime Plan.
“I’m very impressed with the work of the Star Project and the positive outcomes it has already achieved,” he said. “We know that early intervention helps to build confidence and self-esteem in these vulnerable women to give them the strength to move on from unacceptable relationships and this is the best way of keeping them from harm.”
The Commissioner also supported the Centre’s ‘Hands are not for Hurting’ programme, which seeks to reduce the long term impact of domestic abuse on mother/child relationships. The programme has had successful and positive outcomes for both women and children.
Children's Services Coordinator for Women’s Aid, Christie Conroy, said: “The ‘Hands are not for Hurting’ programme has enabled women and children to re-build their relationships and begin their journey to recovery.”
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Posted on Tuesday 21st January 2014