Could you be a friend?
Today (July 30) is the International Day of Friendship, a day on which the United Nations (UN) encourages governments, organisations and community groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that promote solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
On that basis, it seemed like the perfect day for Broxtowe Women’s Project to announce that it is setting up a new befriending service – and to invite people to get involved.
The service is being set up because of women we have helped telling us that when they get to the end of support and advice from our outreach workers, although they have sorted many things out, they still need some support.
The support doesn’t need to be provided by a professional, but by someone who is willing to chat, to offer moral support and just be there from time to time.
It will help women, for example, by accompanying them to appointments about housing or Benefits, to go to look at a new school for their children or just meeting for a coffee and a chat.
Many women who have been affected by abuse have been cut off from their own original friends or only allowed to spend time with people connected to their partner in some way, and so when they do escape they are often left without the kind of people we all rely on to help us out.
Could you be a Broxtowe Women’s Project friend?
If so, we would love to hear from you.
Abusive fathers will use their children in a variety of different ways to perpetuate domestic abuse. Using children is highly effective as a way of exerting power and control over their intimate partners or former partners.
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