Hestia’s new three year contract with Slough Borough Council for specialist domestic abuse services will start on 3 April 2018.
The London based charity will provide support for high risk victims of domestic abuse in Slough, from helping with finding new accommodation to giving them the right mental health support, and enabling them to rebuild their lives.
Three members of staff called independent domestic violence advocates (IDVA) will be provided by Hestia and will be based in Slough. They will be working very closely with a range of services including Thames Valley Police, health, children’s social care, housing, children’s centres and the voluntary sector to provide specialist domestic abuse services to residents in Slough.
Hestia will also be doing development work across East Berkshire to ensure residents from the black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee communities who are facing domestic abuse, can access these specialist services.
This coincides with the launch of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Victims First Hub – www.victimsfirst.org.uk – which will provide support for all victims of crime as well as signposting them to appropriate organisations. The Victims First Hub can be contacted on 0300 1234 148 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Slough who wish to access advice and guidance about domestic abuse as well as a range of other services can also contact the council’s family information service – www.sloughfamilyservices.org.uk . They can be contacted on 01753 476589 or email FIS@slough.gov.uk. In addition the Slough Advice Centre offers services through their website www.sloughadvicecentre.co.uk. Alternatively you can contact Hestia direct on 01753 477352 or email slough.IDVA@hestia.org
The council is committed to providing information for anyone caught in an abusive relationship to empower them and help bring about positive changes to their lives.
Cllr Pavitar K. Mann, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “Anyone suffering from domestic abuse should not suffer in silence. We have a range of advice, information and support networks to help you find a way out.
“We are pleased to be working with Hestia over the next three years. They have a proven track record in meeting the needs of diverse communities and we are keen to tap into this to ensure that all victims of domestic abuse, from what ever cultural background, can access these vital services.”