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Sanctuary Housing is helping local women and children find their voice

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Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing, Local Government

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Sanctuary Housing is supporting the Domestic Abuse Working Network with a yearlong £20,000 grant to help vulnerable women in Worcester.

The Domestic Abuse Working Network (DAWN), run by Worcester Community Trust, is helping local women who are at risk to find their voice with friendly and supportive one-to-ones and group workshops. The support network, set up in March 2012, has so far provided services to over 100 women, which in turn has helped over 150 children.

Soon after DAWN launched its support group, it quickly became apparent that demands for their services were significant. Thanks to Sanctuary’s long-term investment, the network is now able to fund training in domestic abuse awareness and appoint new project workers to deliver support to an increasing number of vulnerable women in Worcester.

The funding will also help DAWN’s mission to raise awareness of domestic abuse, change attitudes and squash the many taboos that surround domestic violence.

DAWN was founded when a number of local partners, including Worcester City Council, discussed the issues surrounding at-home abuse, including the impact it has on families and communities. They recognised that help for women and children in the local area was limited and that a support group needed to be established.

Katie Carver, health and families service co-ordinator from The Domestic Abuse Working Network, said: “DAWN is a relatively new service for Worcester residents and the volume of interest we received exceeded what was expected. Thanks to Sanctuary Housing’s kind donation we are able to expand our services to meet demand.

“We are very grateful for the donation, as not only will it improve our output but more importantly help us reach more residents in need and, in turn, provide a safer and more stable environment for many children.”

Christa Ripley, Sanctuary’s head of housing operations, added: “It’s fantastic to hear the tremendous work that DAWN has managed to achieve in such a short space of time and we have no doubt that our funding their team will expand their highly successful service to many more vulnerable residents.”

For further information on DAWN’s services and where you can meet the team, please contact Katie Carver on Katie@worcestercommunitytrust.org.uk.

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