HELP is available for victims of domestic abuse across Mansfield and Ashfield who are being urged to come forward and find support from trained staff at Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Services (NIDAS)
NIDAS, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid (NWA) and Women’s Aid Integrated Services (WAIS), work closely in partnership with the police, probation, crime prosecution service, social care, Mansfield and Ashfield district councils and other agencies to combat domestic violence and ensure victims are protected as much as possible.
Lisa Haydon, director of service at Mansfield-based NIDAS, says the charity is committed to tackling domestic abuse and helping the women, men and children it affects.
“We know people feel trapped because of their financial circumstances, along with the emotional and psychological impact, and we can support them with this,” she said.
“As specialist providers of domestic violence services we have a very specific knowledge and understanding of the victims’ experience.
“We can support other agencies in recognising this to work together and provide a holistic support plan.
“We also ensure that they are aware of and can access all other areas of support available to them for example help with debt management, housing applications through the council and support with children through NIDAS’s specialist child support services and agencies such as Sure Start.”
Women with the courage to contact the police will be passed on to specially trained advocates at NIDAS, NWA and WAIS so an immediate risk assessment can be made and appropriate help given.
“The police take an active role in educating and training their teams on the subtleties of domestic violence - we must remember that it’s not just physical abuse - the emotional, psychological and financial aspects have a significant debilitating effect on victims,” added Lisa.
If you are a woman experiencing domestic violence contact NIDAS on Mansfield 683250 or for information visit www.nidas.org.uk.