£1.23m new domestic abuse project is unveiled

THREE new services to support people suffering domestic abuse have been simultaneously unveiled as Scottish Borders Council’s “pathway project”.

The Safer Communities Team at Scottish Borders Council (SBC) announced earlier this year that it had secured £1.23m of funding for the scheme, which was launched this week by Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham.

This funding has allowed the creation of three new services specifically designed to meet the needs of abuse victims.

The new services are the Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support (DAAS) service, the Children1st Domestic Abuse service and the Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery (CEDAR) group work programme.

Between them, these services can provide care from the reporting of abuse tight through to longer term emotional and practical support.

Ms Cunningham said: “This important and innovative project will provide vital support for both adults and children experiencing domestic abuse.

“We have always been clear there is no place for domestic abuse in Scotland, and tackling it is a priority for the Scottish government.

She continued: “We will continue to work closely with police, councils, health boards and the voluntary sector to ensure perpetrators are held to account, and victims and their children have the services they require.”

Councillor Donald Moffat said the services had been made possible by a range of partners including Scottish Borders Council, NHS Borders, Lothian and Borders Police and local housing providers.

“By working together, and having services that can be accessed easily by victims, the pathway project will make a real difference,” he said.