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Pilot programme ‘encourages male survivors to build confidence after abuse’

PUBLISHED: 09:54 02 January 2019

The Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (WDVAF) AGM with chairman Drena Black in the centre. Picture: Mick Howes

The Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (WDVAF) AGM with chairman Drena Black in the centre. Picture: Mick Howes

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A project aimed at supporting male survivors of domestic abuse is to be launched this month.

The Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (WDVAF) collection in the Lowestoft Asda store. L-R: Bev Shipp, community champion at Asda Lowestoft, Christine Tripp, treasurer/volunteer at WDVAF, Mel Dewsnap, volunteer at WDVAF.
Picture: Mick HowesThe Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (WDVAF) collection in the Lowestoft Asda store. L-R: Bev Shipp, community champion at Asda Lowestoft, Christine Tripp, treasurer/volunteer at WDVAF, Mel Dewsnap, volunteer at WDVAF. Picture: Mick Howes

The Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum (WDVAF) supports families and victims of domestic abuse across the district.

Speaking about the pilot project called Endeavour, a spokesman for the group, based in Kirkley, said: “It a new project aimed at male survivors.

“The programme is a pilot programme, which is hoped will start in January. We are still accepting referrals and the Endeavour course encourages male survivors to build courage and confidence after abuse.”

With the forum continuing its hard work in Waveney supporting victims of abuse, families impacted by domestic abuse, raising awareness and providing programmes – such as Caring Dads and the Freedom Programme – the group held its annual meeting before Christmas.

Based at the Kirkley Centre in London Road South, a well attended AGM saw guest speakers Stuart Blanchard and Mike Ward give “very well received” speeches.

The spokesman said: “Stuart Blanchard, a financial advisor from Anglia Care Trust (ACT), gave a very detailed presentation on the financial implications of those fleeing a domestic violence situation and what was available to assist them in such cases.

“Mike Ward, a senior consultant from alcohol concern, gave a presentation about the Blue Light Project, which is aimed at changing the way services work with high-impact change resistant drinkers.

“Both speakers were very well received.”

Group chairman Drena Black closed the AGM and thanked Sally Breach, a member of the trauma therapist team, for all the hard work and care she has given to the clients she has worked with over the years as she retires.

The forum recently ran a collection and raised awareness during an event at the Asda store in Lowestoft.

The spokesman said: “From all at Waveney Domestic Violence and Abuse Forum may we say a big thank you for all staff and shoppers at Asda who supported us with our recent fundraising event.

“We raised a total of £187.94 over the two days. This money will be put to good use, by supporting those impacted by domestic abuse in our area.”

To support the forum, or to donate to the organisation visit www.waveneydvforum.co.uk or email info@waveneydvforum.org.uk

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