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Former domestic violence victims use experiences to help others

Catherine Thompson 22nd Jan, 2020 Updated: 23rd Jan, 2020

FORMER victims of domestic violence are using their experiences to help others in Stratford.

After receiving nearly £8,000 from funding support charity Coalfields Community Investment Programme, Insight Counselling, Coaching and Support Services will train people who have used its services to run a pilot volunteer support group in the town.

The organisation will give volunteers the resources and skills they need to pass on the tools and techniques to help others out of difficult situations.

Insight chief officer Kate Farmer said: “With this funding we can extend our services and have a wider impact on more people throughout the community. Domestic abuse is not as uncommon as people believe and that is why we hope that through this pilot we can provide the ongoing mentoring that our service users need.

“Calling upon volunteers that have been in the same position made perfect sense to us. They speak the same language and know first-hand what others are going through. This compassion and empathy is invaluable for those that need to talk openly about their experiences.

“We can’t thank the Coalfields Regeneration Trust enough for their support. It is thanks to funding like this that we are able to carry on and to make a difference when it matters most.”

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