Local Charity successful in bid for Children in Need Funding

SWINDON WOMENS AID

PRESS RELEASE – 15 November 2012

Local Charity successful in bid for Children in Need Funding

Swindon Women’s Aid a local charity which works to protect and support victims and children of domestic violence has been awarded funding from Children In Need to help them establish a dedicated Children’s Support Service.

The charity have been given 3 years of funding for 2 new Children’s workers who will be able to work directly with children and young people living in their emergency refuge accommodation and in local communities. These specialist workers will provide activities, play therapies and 1-2-1 support to help young people deal with the emotional harm caused by experiencing or witnessing domestic violence and abuse.

Olwen Kelly, Director of Swindon Women’s Aid said: “I am delighted that we have been successful in our bid to Children in Need. Domestic violence can have a devastating impact on children, we know 90% of children living in violent households will be in the same room and witness the violent assaults or be in the next room and hear them. We know in the majority of cases, a child or young people will try to physically intervene in the violence to try and stop it and often become injured themselves as a result.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, and that also includes young people who are beginning to have intimate relationships for the first time. In fact, young people aged between 16 and 25 years are more likely to experience domestic violence and abuse than any other age group. Swindon Women’s Aid believe it is vitally important to work with children to protect them from violence and inform them about healthy relationships”

The aim of Swindon Women’s Aid is to protect and support victims and raise awareness of domestic abuse within local communities. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or abuse please call Swindon Women’s Aid 24 hour helpline for information and advice, or to access our support services: T 01793 610610. In an emergency always call 999.  

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Note to editor: For further information call Olwen Kelly, Director of SWA on 07946 211692