A SOLIHULL charity which has received nearly £450,000 in lottery grants to help support young people affected by domestic violence.
Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid has been granted £448,937 over three years to provide help to affected children and young people aged 0 to 19 years living at the charity’s Solihull refuge.
The money will go towards funding therapeutic and play sessions, and intensive one-to-one support with specialist Children and Young People’s Workers.
It will also help repair relationships between mothers and children that have been affected by the abuse and could also fund sessions with family support workers where youngsters and mothers will feel safe enough to express their feelings.
Nasheima Sheikh, Assistant Chief Executive, said children need ‘tailored support’ to help them recover from experiences of abuse – with many having been in the same or next room when violence took place.
She added: “Our service will provide in-depth support to children and their mothers affected by domestic violence, by offering safe and confidential ways to enable children to discuss their experiences and empower them to develop positive coping strategies.
“Children will be given individual attention to make them feel valuable in their own right and within a child friendly environment, making their stay in refuge more fun.
“We hope to enable children and mothers to make sense of their experiences and to rebuild their lives.”
The grant will also support a Solihull-wide Healthy Relationships Programme, which will raise awareness of identifying abusive and controlling behaviour, respectful relationships, and being safe among young people in schools and colleges.
Currently, there are 5,600 children and young people living with domestic violence in Solihull – with 74 per cent of them also having been abused by the perpetrator.
Women and girls experiencing all forms of violence against women can access support and help through Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid’s freephone Helpline on 0808 800 0028, Monday to Friday, 9.15 am to 5.15 pm.
More information can be found at www.bswaid.org