Support for victims of domestic abuse

VICTIMS of domestic violence living in East Renfrewshire have a new facility to turn to.

Monday sees the launch of a new community office for East Ren Women’s Aid (ERWA) — a space allowing those affected to access support more easily.

The premises at Cross Arthurlie Street, Barrhead, will also be used by a number of support groups, including confidence building classes and the Freedom programme.

The launch coincides with a global campaign, 16 Days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Councillor Elaine Green, who represents Neilston, Uplawmoor and Newton Mearns north, has been a member of ERWA since it was formed.

She told The Extra: “The team care deeply and are totally committed to helping anyone who is living under the threat of domestic violence from a partner or parent and I am privileged to be part of this organisation.

“We hope that women will see this as their space and we can facilitate new support and social groups that they would like to see established in the area”.

The office will also be used for Outreach services and a project on parental substance abuse, offering additional support for children and young people in the area.

All services are confidential and ERWA also offers access to safe temporary refuge for those affected by domestic abuse – the 24-hour service for which is available on 0845 180 1323.

And for those who want to lend a helping hand, the organisation is also seeking volunteers for the support service. Anyone interested can call the number above or e-mail volunteering@erwa.org.uk.

n Meanwhile events have been planned across Glasgow’s southside for the city’s own 16 days of action.

Strathclyde police will also be distributing a DVD called Aisha’s Story, exploring domestic abuse through the eyes of an Asian woman.

To find out more about events in Glasgow, visit www.16days.org.