Waltham Forest council urges men and women to access domestic abuse services

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As EUFA Euro 2016 is in full swing, Waltham Forest council is raising awareness of its support services for both the victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Incidents of domestic abuse increase by up to 38% during international football tournaments, a figure which peaks when the home nation loses.

The council is urging women and men to step forward and contact Waltham Forest’s Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisers (IDSVAs) who will offer help and advice about the various support services residents can access.

Support will be given to victims of domestic violence and their children, taking into consideration the individual’s religion, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

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The IDSVA service is run by charity Solace Women’s Aid, which provides a pathway to speak to a range of partners including police, legal aid advisers, housing officers and independent advisers about what they are experiencing.

Solace Women’s Aid can be accessed by emailing walthamforestIDSVAservice@solacewomensaid.org, phoning 07340683382, or visiting www.solacewomensaid.org.

Individuals can also visit the One Stop Shop in the Peabody’s CBHA building in Walthamstow at 7 Saxon Close, E17 3LE. This service is open every Wednesday from 10am to 12pm and also offers confidential health advice where required. 

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Rise Mutual – an organisation that helps people transform their lives, including people convicted of crime – has been commissioned by the council to work with people that have been violent towards their partner by helping them to manage their anger. Each year, Rise Mutual helps thousands of people to transform their lives and their relationships for the better.

To contact Rise, phone 07535651784 or visit www.risemutual.org

Since 2014, Waltham Forest had had White Ribbon status – accreditation that formally recognises the work carried out by the council and local partners, including the borough’s police and Leyton Orient FC to raise awareness about domestic violence and encourage members of the community to take a stand against it.

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