“Hoping for peace and happiness in the future for me and my daughter, thank you so much ladies at BWP for listening and understanding.”


This was one of a series of moving messages posted by women attending a celebration in Broxtowe this week to mark International Women’s Day.


One of the most powerful sections of the event saw two survivors of domestic abuse share the stories of their experiences and how Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP), by whom the event was organised, has helped them escape and start to rebuild their lives.


Details of the significant successes achieved by BWP over the last 12 months were also shared – including the fact that 172 women have been supported, 14 volunteers have been recruited, eight of whom have received accredited training, and income has been increased by more than 31%.


The guests, who included Trustees, volunteers and service users, were also told about wellbeing and confidence courses run in partnership with Nottingham Central College, free legal advice sessions provided by Nelson’s Solicitors, and the Freedom programme, designed to help victims of domestic abuse make sense of and understand what has happened to them.


The event concluded with an invitation to write a note on the leaf of a tree about BWP and with a lunch prepared by the BWP team including Trustees.


Commenting on the event, BWP Business and Fundraising Manager Sarah Dagley said: “The event really well and was very well received by everyone who attended. We received some lovely feedback regarding the day and about the work that we do.


“While we ran it on International Women’s Day, everyone should be aware that domestic abuse is not a women’s issue, it’s a society issue, and we all have roles to play in helping to prevent it.”


BWP provides high quality care and support for women and their families who are affected by domestic abuse. Every case is different and so services are tailored to the needs of the individual. Training for professionals and volunteers as well as awareness-raising also form part of its work which is delivered across the whole of the borough.


If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse you can call one of BWP’s specialist workers on 01773 719111. This is not a 24-hour support line. When the office is closed, you can leave a message on a confidential answer phone, your call will be returned the next working day.


If you require out of hours help or advice you can call the national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency always dial 999