My Sister’s Place is a small independent specialist domestic violence support service, based in Middlesbrough, which helps women and their children to be safe and free from abuse and to be empowered to make informed safe decisions about their future. The project has been aided by £429,133 of National Lottery Funding.
The project helps women understand their rights and can help them through legal processes, personal safety, debt, housing problems, immigration difficulties, child contact issues and divorce.
My Sister’s Place is also committed to campaigning and raising awareness of domestic violence. They provide a range of training courses to services and community groups, run women’s ‘survivor’ groups and facilitate a service user group to ensure women who have been involved with the project are at the heart of their decision making process.
Lottery Funding has enabled the project to be a ‘One Stop Shop’, offering crisis intervention, specialist counselling including one to one work and trauma therapy and Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA's) who address the needs of high risk victims.
Lottery Funding also assists the Sanctuary Scheme designed to prevent women becoming homeless as a result of domestic abuse. The scheme helps people feel safer in their own home by offering crime prevention measures in their property to increase personal safety. Interventions range from personal alarms to building a 'safe room' in the property.
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