More help for domestic abuse sufferers in Rugby

The programme helps those who may have 'fallen through the gaps'. Picture posed by models
The programme helps those who may have 'fallen through the gaps'. Picture posed by models

A new service is being introduced in Rugby to help people suffering from domestic abuse.

Angel Programme is a pilot scheme operated by Families First Charity, which has 20 years of experience dealing with the issue as a domestic abuse support agency in Rugby, and SecInt.Org, a non-profit specialist security and risk management organisation affiliated with The White Ribbon Campaign.

Even once someone has managed to escape from an abusive relationship, the problems rarely end there

Wendy Huckle

The programme focuses more on the victim’s immediate risks and threats to give them tools to be safer no matter what stage they are at with their relationship and any legal processes.

Having received private funding as well as funds from the Big Lottery Awards for All scheme, the programme will pilot the service aimed at strengthening the support for those experiencing domestic abuse at all levels.

“Even being a survivor of violent and mental domestic abuse at the hands of my ex-partner and with a non-molestation order being in place and him doing time in prison, it does not mean I am safe,” said Miss C - survivor and volunteer with Angel Programme.

“I am only a survivor until he breaches the legal order, which he has done constantly and highly likely to again. I will then become a victim again.”

The programme’s secure website focuses on real-time chat and professional risk surveys.

Families First charity manager Wendy Huckle said: “This is a really good service that we are developing over the next couple of years that will empower those experiencing domestic abuse and give them support and usable real-life skills to help keep themselves safe for the future.

“It is designed with 20 years of domestic abuse experience and will fill the gaps within the current service that unfortunately some domestic abuse victims fall into.”

The service is open to anyone who is in a domestic abuse relationship, physical or mental, male or female and thinking of ending the relationship, or have left but are still experiencing ongoing issues.

Wendy added: “It is unfortunately true that even once someone has managed to escape from an abusive relationship, the problems rarely end there.

“Often long drawn out court cases, divorce, contact issues, all continue long after the relationship has ended. Some are never free of their abuser, who continues to make life difficult wherever possible.”

See the website http://www.AngelProgramme.org or call 0800 689 1846 for more information.