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Local specialists to bolster support for victims of domestic abuse

Thursday 16 September 2021

Various organisations and specialists will soon come together to bolster support for domestic abuse victims in Milton Keynes.

In an initiative involving MK Council (who also commissioned it), the NHS, MK-Act and more will help to support those who are suffering from domestic abuse.

MK-Act’s recent work includes a sensory play area for children at their refuge centre, as well as recruiting specialists to “focus on individual sections of the community alongside the existing support”.

Cllr Emily Darlington, Cabinet Member for Adults, Housing and Healthy Communities, commented on the project, saying:

“Domestic abuse can devastate families, yet many will suffer in silence. We’re looking at a wide range of local, tailored support for adults, children and families that will enable us to confront and challenge all forms of domestic abuse, support victims and hold perpetrators to account. We want to ensure that local support is accessible and visible to those that need it and are working hard on expanding this offer.”

New support will also include new training, awareness and education programmes to empower victims. MK Council recently received £535,000 to support all of these efforts to tackle domestic abuse.

MK-Act Domestic Abuse Intervention Services CEO Sue Burke also said:

“We know we cannot tackle domestic abuse by ourselves and working in partnership with organisations such as the council and Thames Valley Police, has made such a difference to our work as a charity. There are more people out there who need our support and we will do everything we can to reach them. We are looking forward to expanding our team here at MK-Act and ensuring that it is accessible to everyone. We are currently recruiting for team members to work directly with the LGBTQ+ community and with older people.”

If you're suffering from domestic abuse or are concerned that someone else might be, you can contact MK-ACT here: https://www.mkact.com/ or call 0344 375 4307