New domestic abuse programme launched to help Rochdale residents

Date published: 22 May 2020

The Guinness Partnership housing association is joining with Rochdale Connections Trust (RCT) to offer support to victims of domestic violence and abuse in Rochdale.

Domestic abuse can come in the form of physical violence, psychological or emotional manipulation. Some women and their children, who live with a known perpetrator, are struggling to get the help they need whilst on lockdown due to Covid-19, however, both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse.

Rochdale Connections Trust delivers a range of domestic violence and abuse programmes, along with support and interventions for those who are deemed to be at risk: survivors; male perpetrators of abuse; and the children and young people who have witnessed and/or experienced domestic violence and abuse in the family home.

By taking part in a Zoom counselling session, people who are suffering from violence or abuse can get the expert help and advice they need. Rochdale Connections Trust will then carry out a follow-up check on their physical wellbeing.

Catriona Simons, Chief Executive of The Guinness Partnership, said: “During this difficult time, victims of domestic violence and abuse can feel more isolated and vulnerable than ever. “We are pleased to be teaming up with Rochdale Connections Trust to provide a service to our residents, and the wider community, to enable them to get the help they so desperately need.”

Kathy Thomas, Chief Executive of Rochdale Connections Trust said: “I am really happy that Rochdale Connections Trust will be working with The Guinness Partnership on this important initiative, to support people who are experiencing domestic abuse.”

Rochdale Connections Trust is also working with men who want to change their behaviour towards women. The traditional face-to-face meetings have been replaced with telephone calls by key workers, where perpetrators are given strategies to help contain their behaviour. This contact takes place daily, and more frequently if needed.

Rochdale Connections Trust also have children’s workers providing therapy-based telephone support to the children of the adults they work with. Social media posts support these calls by providing creative activities for children to link into.

Anyone who would like help or advice can contact Jenny Miller at Rochdale Connections Trust by email or phone 07946 651643.

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