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Support for domestic violence victims

The borough’s ongoing efforts to protect residents from harm will take another step forward next week with the launch of a new service offering support to victims of domestic violence (DV).



On 12 August, the Council, in partnership with Waltham Forest Police, is set to unveil a new One Stop Shop in the Peabody Group’s CBHA building in Saxon Close, Walthamstow.



The facility will be used for victims of DV – male and female – to come and speak with a range of partners including police, legal aid advisers, housing officers and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates about what they are experiencing, and in turn receive help and advice about the various support services they can access.



Open every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm, the private and confidential One Stop Shop drop-in centre will also offer health advice where required.



Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Cohesion, said: “We’re working hard to raise awareness about domestic violence and want to reach out to anyone who may be experiencing it in some way to let them know that help is available.



“The new One Stop Shop is completely confidential and will be able to ensure victims are given the support they need whatever their personal circumstances. Despite being a huge challenge, we won’t shy away from the fight to end domestic violence, and I hope this new service will be a lifeline to anyone looking to escape an abusive environment.”



This service is just one strand of the Council’s commitment to protect residents from harm and help them stay safe.



Last year, Waltham Forest was officially awarded White Ribbon status - accreditation that formally recognises the work carried out by the Council and local partners, including Waltham Forest Police and Leyton Orient Football Club, to raise awareness about DV and encourage members of the community to take a stand against it.



To speak to police in an emergency phone 999. In a non-emergency situation, or if you suspect criminal activity may be taking place, you can report it to police by phoning 101. To learn about the work of the Council’s community safety team visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/community-safety.

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