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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Health and also in Communities, Housing

ASRA refuges help hundreds of Asian women and children escape domestic violence ASRA refuges help hundreds of Asian women and children escape domestic violence

Cheshire-based Weaver Vale Housing Trust has launched two programmes to support child and adult victims of domestic abuse.

Starting in January, the first of two programmes will consist of 12 weekly sessions looking at the effects of domestic abuse and the path to recovery. The aim is to provide victims with the life-long tools to enable them to enjoy healthy relationships in the future.

A separate eight-week programme for young victims will also begin in the new year, offering tools for recovery for young people who have witnessed or grown up around domestic abuse.

Kate Blakemore, support worker for WVHT, said: “Figures show that one in four relationships suffer from some form of domestic abuse and we know that many residents at Cotswold House have been a victim, or have witnessed abuse in the family home when growing up.

“Therefore we are delighted to be able to provide essential support and hopefully give victims the life-long tools and confidence to engage in healthy relationships in the future.”

Staff training for both programmes was made possible through a recent national lottery grant which also funded a workshop that looked at healthy relationships and recognising the signs of physical, financial, emotional and sexual abuse.

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