The message of the week is ‘hope’ and a number of Gloucestershire authorities are working together to reduce incidents of domestic abuse and sexual violence in the county. Through this awareness campaign it is hoped that anyone suffering with, or recovering from, abuse will know how to access advice, support and care through a range of specialist services.
Ronnie Karadia, domestic abuse lead nurse for safeguarding children at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust said “We work alongside local partners, including the newly commissioned Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service, to ensure that children who are exposed to abuse and violence have their voices heard. We support families who experience violence in the home and raise awareness of services where they can access confidential advice.
“Domestic abuse and sexual violence should not be tolerated and we are here for anyone who is suffering, on any level, to help them get to a position of speaking out for support.”
Sally Snowden is a matron manager at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and manages the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), which is based at Hope House, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. “If you have been a victim of sexual assault we provide free and confidential advice and support. We are here for victims who need emotional support, first aid or medical care and, if the victim wishes to do so, we can help people report incidents to the police for further investigation.”
If you are affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence Gloucestershire has a number of places for help, advice and support:
GDASS – support and advice for victims of domestic abuse, stalking and harassment – 0845 602 9035
Hope House SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) – practical support, advice, counselling and medical care for victims of sexual violence – 01452 754390
Gloucestershire Rape Crisis Centre – emotional support to victims of sexual violence – 01452 526770
National support help lines:
National Domestic Violence Helpline (0808 2000 247)
National Centre for Domestic Abuse (0844 8044 999)
Men’s Advice Line (0808 801 0327)
Police – emergency help on 999 or 101 for a non-emergency situation