A NEW borough charity to help those who suffer appalling violence in their own homes was launched on Valentine’s Day.
The Solihull Domestic Abuse Support and Preventions Services set out their objectives at St John’s Hotel on Tuesday.
The charity will be spearheaded by Margaret Lloyd and Wendy Huckle.
They had chosen Valentine’s Day for their inaugural eventto highlight the number of people - usually women - who find themselves trapped in abusive relationships.
More than 30 people turned out for the launch, which also served as a first fund raiser.
The organisation will need around £35,000 a year to deliver its core services to the victims of domestic violence.
Anyone wanting to contact SDASPS or make a donation to the charity should contact Margaret on 07590 43539.
l Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has spoken of the importance of providing support for the Silhillians who are often suffering in silence.
“I often see constituents living at home in a violent and unsafe environment, unsuitable for young children. It can have a devastating impact on the self-esteem of the women involved.”
And there was recently good news for another organisation committed to helping victims -the Make A Better Life (MABL) trust.
The volunteer-run group has been struggling financially since cuts in local government grants. But now it has been awarded £750 by the West Midlands Police authority.
To find out more about MABL call 0121 288 0343.