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Council’s domestic violence advisors receive High Sheriff Award

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Neath Port Talbot Council’s IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisors) team has been recognised for its potentially life-saving work at the 2021 High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Awards.

The IDVA team, along with their counterparts in Swansea Council and South Wales Police’s Domestic Abuse Unit received an award for their partnership work in supporting victims of domestic violence throughout the pandemic.

Advisors Allyson, Karen, Eve and business support worker Kelly were all recognised for their efforts during the awards ceremony which was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Elinor Wellington, Principal Officer for Community Safety, said: “I am delighted that our IDVA team has been recognised for the incredible work they do to support victims of domestic abuse in Neath Port Talbot.

“The COVID-19 restrictions has led to an increase in demand for their services and has also created challenges in how they deliver their support. Despite this, the team has still managed to help those who need it.

The advisors are a part of the Council’s Community Safety team and can help victims of domestic violence with appropriate safety planning to reduce the risk they face. This can include support through court processes, support to find alternative accommodation, target hardening (strengthening security) of their home, and help to access other support services.

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If you are a victim of domestic abuse or if you suspect that someone may be in an abusive relationship, you contact a Live Fear Free advisor for free advice and support call 0808 80 10 800, email info@livefearfreehelpline.wales, text 07860077333 or visit gov.wales/live-fear-free. In an emergency situation, call 999.


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