Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION - Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment and Pub­lic Health

MAR­TIN PHILLIPS I was de­lighted to learn that the Wy­combe Women’s Aid or­gan­i­sa­tion has just been awarded a pres­ti­gious na­tional qual­ity mark for the work it does to help vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

The award of Women’s Aid Na­tional Qual­ity Mark is no less than this won­der­ful ser­vice de­serves for the help it gives all year round to women and chil­dren in Wy­combe, Chiltern and South Bucks dis­tricts.

The Women’s Aid Qual­ity Stan­dards are na­tional stan­dards which mea­sure the qual­ity of spe­cial­ist do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices on a num­ber of fac­tors.

I un­der­stand Wy­combe Women’s Aid (WWA) was par­tic­u­larly com­mended for its pro­vi­sion to marginalised and ex­cluded groups of sur­vivors, as well as for its work with chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil has had the for­tune to have a long his­tory of work­ing in part­ner­ship with WWA.

We com­mis­sion In­de­pen­dent Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Ad­vis­ers (IDVAs) to work with the or­gan­i­sa­tion to im­prove safety for vic­tims of abuse. This is achieved through the pro­vi­sion of cri­sis in­ter­ven­tion, safety plan­ning, ad­vice, in­for­ma­tion and sup­port, in­clud­ing dur­ing court pro­ceed­ings against the per­pe­tra­tor.

We know it has been suc­cess­ful from both the anec­do­tal and sta­tis­ti­cal ev­i­dence.

In 2015-2016, for ex­am­ple, the group sup­ported 89 women and 97 chil­dren to find refuge space away from the High Wy­combe, Chiltern and South Bucks area.

A to­tal of 166 women at­tended Out­reach groups, such as the Open Door drop-in and cof­fee morn­ing, 23 chil­dren at­tended the Chil­dren’s Ther­a­peu­tic sup­port group and 835 women con­tacted the helpline

This shows that the work of Wy­combe Women’s Aid is ut­terly es­sen­tial, so well done to all in­volved and long may they con­tinue do­ing such a great job,

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