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Fighting violence against women and girls

The Safer Slough Partnership is asking Slough professionals to stand up against the destructive effects of domestic abuse.

Letters have been sent out across the borough to recruit motivated ‘champions’ who will form a local network to tackle domestic abuse by educating, supporting and empowering people across the communities of Slough.

Champions will be committed members of an organisation who are looking to expand their knowledge around violence against women and girls.

Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, added: “We are arming key members of our communities with the skills needed to identify and support victims of domestic abuse so we can reach and help the people who need it most.

“It is encouraging to see a rise in the number of domestic abuse crimes recorded by the police in recent years, but as more victims and survivors come forward it is even more important they receive the support they need.

“To do this we need to make tackling violence against women and girls everybody’s business.”

Volunteers will be invited to attend a free two day in-depth training course which will support them to understand the dynamics of domestic abuse and the available services and support; becoming part of the wider network of knowledgeable professionals who can help Slough residents.

The recruitment of a network of champions follows the council’s adoption of the national strategy to end violence against women and girls, and forms part of a wider campaign to address domestic abuse in Slough.

Training courses are scheduled to run on 23-24 November this year and 15-16 February 2018 at The Curve. Sessions are limited to 20 people.

Following their initial training, champions will be kept up to date and can share information through the network as well as via network meetings, e-bulletins and continuing professional development.

Champions do not need to have previous experience of working in domestic abuse services, but should work or volunteer for a Slough organisation and be willing to participate in empowering people to access support.

Find more information on the benefits of becoming a champion. Applications can be made by emailing communitysafety@slough.gov.uk  

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