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Date : 27 October, 2014

A leading organisation in the fight against domestic abuse has announced the launch of its first Survivor Network.

The brainchild of West Mercia Women’s Aid, the Network is made up of a group of women who have all survived domestic abuse.

Jan Frances, Chief Executive of West Mercia Women’s Aid said: “Here at West Mercia Women’s Aid we celebrate survivors of domestic abuse.  They have overcome one of the most challenging experiences a person can face.  But even after the abuse is behind them, life can sometimes feel difficult.”

By joining forces to help one another and themselves, the Network aims to support them along their journey of long-term recovery.

One survivor explained : “Every week I laugh, I cry, I learn.  It’s like magic when we meet up.  My confidence is improving and my future goals have changed dramatically.  I know I can achieve anything now; I want to help other survivors to achieve their potential too.”

Network members also help raise awareness of domestic abuse by :

  • Talking to both the public and professionals;
  • Raising money;
  • Volunteering in refuges, group programmes and other related services.

The Survivor Network is currently putting together a range of events and activities including coffee mornings, support groups, training events and fundraising initiatives.

Its launch event will take place on Friday 7 November between 11.00am and 1.00pm at Berrows Business Centre, Bath Street, Hereford HR1 2HE for local agencies and related professionals.  Members will be talking about their own experiences and survival, the development of the Network and their future plans for its growth.

All women involved in the Survivor Network are survivors of domestic abuse who have received services from West Mercia Women’s Aid – or other similar organisations – and have embarked on their journey of recovery.

West Mercia Women’s Aid has developed and supported the Survivor Network and referrals from interested parties should be directed through their domestic abuse helpline :

  • Worcestershire, 0800 980 3331
  • Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, 0800 783 1359.

For further information contact Charlotte Woodward, Project Manager on 01432 356 146 or 07774 097 950.