Women’s Aid support victims of home abuse

Events have been held across the county to promote national domestic violence awareness week.

Staff from Women’s Aid Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire had a stand at Tresham College in Wellingborough this week.

They also visited schools in Wellingborough last week to speak to pupils about domestic violence and healthy relationships.

A Women’s Aid spokesman said: “A lot of our work is to do with prevention.

“In the schools, a lot of pupils are interested because they don’t have lessons about what a normal, healthy relationship is.

“A lot of domestic abuse is about control – emotional, mental, sexual and physical.

“One in four women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and we always find the lead-up to Christmas is busy because it gets stressful in the home.”

Women’s Aid has safe houses across the area and offers home visits.

Women can be referred to the organisation by their local GP.

Staff will provide support for them while they move out of their abusive home.

They will also be supported to find new housing, claim benefits, enrol on training courses and find employment.

To contact the national domestic violence helpline call 0808 2000247.

Call Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Women’s Aid on 01933 224943 or Northampton Women’s Aid on 0845 1232311.

The branches in Wellingborough and East Northants also cover the Corby and Kettering areas.