Stronger services for abuse victims

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Victims of domestic abuse in South Holland will have access to a greater range of support services thanks to a new partnership.

Boston Women’s Aid (BWA) and Boston Mayflower have teamed up to offer increased help to those suffering domestic abuse at home.

The partnership – Boston and South Holland Domestic Abuse Services – offers outreach services, refuge accommodation, drop-in sessions and a helpline (01205 311272).

The organisations put in a tender with Lincolnshire County Council – which is funding the service for an initial two-and-a-half years.

Roslyn Stevens, from Boston Mayflower, said: “We know the amount of abuse is going up in the area and people tend to think of domestic abuse as going on between a man and woman but we are getting more abuse cases from a child against a parent as well as same-sex relationships.”

BWA manager Lynn Mitchell said: “We are very experienced in dealing with the needs of Boston and the surrounding area, which are very different to other parts of the county, with the high migrant population.

“We were already offering an excellent service but by joining together for the outreach type work we are able to give victims of abuse a much stronger service.

“For this area, it’s allowed us to provide more drop-in services so we have pretty much got it covered every day of the week.

“It gives women more for seeking help.”

Drop-in services are available at the following times and places:

Mondays, Thursday and Fridays, 10am-2pm, at Chantry House, Lincoln Lane, Boston

Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am-2pm, at Boston’s Women’s Aid, Pump Square, Boston

Tuesdays, 10am-2pm at South Holland District Council offices, Spalding

Thursdays, 10am-noon at Coubro Chambers, Holbeach