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Domestic abuse lifeline launches

By Stroud Life  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

Sarah Blowers.

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A NEW service has been launched in Stroud to offer a lifeline to victims of domestic violence and abuse.

A new one-stop shop is open to anyone and provides support and advice.

It has been set up at Open House at the foot of Gloucester Street, next door to Star Anise cafe.

It is open every Monday from 1pm to 2.30pm.

It is one of six one-stop shops which have opened across Gloucestershire to help and advise both victims and people with concerns about domestic violence and domestic abuse.

"It's important that we ensure these one-stop shops are welcoming to the people who come," said Sarah Blowers of the scheme.

"No-one will judge, no-one will ask any difficult questions and no-one will be made to feel awkward or embarrassed.

"People can come to get help and advice on their own terms."

The one-stop shop scheme is run in association with Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service.

It provides a sympathetic ear and helpful and factual advice to people if they have any concerns relating to domestic abuse.

Trained professionals will be able to help with a number of issues, including the law and legislation, housing and protection advice and the help services which are available.

The one-stop shops will be staffed with friendly and approachable experts who work for GDASS.

People will be able to talk to the staff about their experiences or about the concerns they may have and will be able to take information away which will help them know what to do next.

The one-stop shop services are part of the Your Future project, which aims to help and support victims of domestic abuse.

For information contact Sarah at Tpdirector@roses theatre.org.

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  • johngurvan  |  January 23 2013, 9:28AM

    I suffered 30 years of abuse by my ex Gloucester wife Janice Melvin (gurvan) and also her sister Jill.My ex also attacked my father and I was also attacked by my ex sister in law,who also attacked my daughter.It is not just men being abusive to women it is often the opposite ,and men being men more often than not do not report it.(guilty).So if you live with someone who is violent please report it ,they will never change.I wish I had many years ago.Remember domestic abuse often goes beyond just partners. john gurvan (living in peace now).

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  • johngurvan  |  January 23 2013, 9:22AM