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Holbeach Hub to host SoLDAS domestic abuse service where victims can speak to experts

Victims of domestic abuse can get face-to-face help from tomorrow (Thursday, November 1) with a new service launching at Holbeach Hub.

Holbeach United Charity, the hub in Boston Road South and South Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service (SoLDAS) have joined forces to launch the project.

Specialist, experienced domestic abuse workers will run the service from 10am-1pm on Thursdays.

Holbeach Hub in Boston Road South. (5119289)
Holbeach Hub in Boston Road South. (5119289)

SoLDAS operations manager Sarah Smith hopes this will be the springboard for similar help centres in towns and villages across South Holland - and prevent future tragedies like the one that saw mother and daughter, Charlotte and Claire Hart, murdered in a Spalding car park.

Mrs Smith says it would cost just over £11,000 to run a service one day a week for a year.

She said: “We would welcome the opportunity to partner with other charities or parish councils to establish hubs in their villages.”

The service is open to men as well as women - some 30 men are killed each year due to domestic abuse while two women a week lose their lives.

Mrs Smith said: “Two years ago we saw the murder of a mother and daughter in Spalding from a family who had suffered years of domestic abuse but who were not known to any services.

“It’s important that victims can come and easily access support so we don’t see future incidents like this.”

Domestic abuse isn’t solely about violence - it can include coercive control and psychological abuse.

For more information or to book an appointment call SoLDAS on 01205 311272 or email bwcara@outlook.com

*EDAN (End Domestic Abuse Now) in Lincolnshire runs Friday 10am-midday sessions at Citizens’ Advice, based in the district council offices in Priory Road, Spalding. You can call EDAN on 01522 510041.

Domestic abuse can also be reported to police on 101.

* Luke and Ryan Hart recently met Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and described how he is inspiring their journey to bring coercive control into the open.

Holbeach Hub is home to a wide range of activities, including an athletics academy run by sporting hero Geoff Capes.

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