New drop-in supports abuse victims

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Those who would like to find out more about support for people suffering from physical and emotional abuse in the home can speak to a specialist at a Morpeth venue next week.

Northumberland Domestic Abuse Services (NDAS) is launching a new drop-in service in the town.

NDAS Men and Boys (16+) domestic abuse practitioner Richard Bliss will be at Morpeth Library on Friday, January 29, between 10am and 4pm.

The organisation supports people throughout the county, irrespective of gender or sexuality, and the outreach service is just one of the services that NDAS provides.

Others include the following: how to make a safety plan, information and advice about housing and the law, signposting to other services such as expert counselling or emergency refuge, emotional support, group support, advice on stalking and advice on harassment.

Mr Bliss said: “It used to be the case that people who were having problems in their relationships would feel they had to keep things bottled up and secret. But that’s changed.

“It’s important that we take our work out into the community. It helps challenge the stigma and shame that some people feel if they are experiencing or have experienced some form of domestic violence or abuse.”

The launch of the outreach service follows close on the heels of new UK legislation on coercive control – behaviour that stops short of serious physical violence, but amounts to extreme psychological and emotional abuse, for example someone being denied money or constantly being put down.

For more details about the outreach service and other support available, call NDAS on 01434 608030 weekdays between 9am and 4.30pm.