News from Derbyshire Domestic Violence & Sexual Support Service:
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Alan Charles praised the work of support organisations and talked of the importance of domestic abuse services as he declared the new Derbyshire Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Service (DDVSAS) headquarters officially open.
The event took place on Friday (September 19) and saw police officers including those involved in public protection, community safety officers, representatives from charitable organisations, council officers and representatives of support service organisations gather at the premises in Chesterfield.
In his speech, the PCC said: “It is vital that organisations such as Derbyshire Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Service exist and that those affected by these issues have a service. Domestic abuse support is important to me and is in my manifesto.” Mr Charles also praised the way DDVSAS works with the police in the county.
Relocation to 6, Fairfield Road has enabled DDVSAS to extend its hours for drop-in and helpline with these services now operating on Thursdays from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and on Saturday mornings between 9.30am and 1pm in addition to the previous 10am – 4pm Monday to Friday helpline operation.
The helpline service can be contacted on 01246 540444. Counselling sessions have also been expanded and plans are being made to add confidence-building and complimentary therapies to the programme. Services for professionals, including training on the effect of domestic abuse on children and young people, Domestic Homicide Review training and domestic abuse awareness, are also available.
Commenting on the official opening, DDVSAS Strategic Head of Service Dena Trossell said: “We were delighted to welcome so many guests to our new premises, to show them around and introduce them to service users.
“The event reaffirmed the strong relationship we have with partners across the county and which is so vital to the quality of services we provide.”
Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service is a specialist and experienced provider of domestic abuse services. Originally know as North Derbyshire Women’s Aid, it was established in 1985 when it opened its first refuge.
It is a local charity, which offers a range of services appropriate to individual need to help and support women, men and children throughout the county who are affected by domestic abuse.
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Posted on Thursday 25th September 2014