A LEADING domestic abuse charity has launched a new service specifically for young people.
West Mercia Women’s Aid received funding from The Ministry of Justice to create four new positions to deliver an initiative targeted at 13 to 19 year olds.
This comes after a successful bid from West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner who had identified the charity as a worthy recipient.
Entitled YPIDVAs – Young Persons Independent Domestic Violence Advisors – these new roles complement the already existing IDVA service provided by the charity.
However, this is the first time the organisation has introduced a dedicated team of advisors serving young people directly in this way.
Each of the four Young Person’s Advisors covers one of the charity’s four operating areas, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.
They provide support to young people who are experiencing domestic or teenage relationship abuse and who are considered high risk and are for an 18 month period.
Sue Coleman, chief executive officer at West Mercia Women’s Aid said: “We are so pleased to be launching this much needed service, adding a dedicated IDVA service for young people comes at a time when abuse and violence against young people is at an all-time high.
“Protecting our young people and helping them make positive life choices regarding relationships is at the heart of this new service.”
West Mercia Women’s Aid has a free, confidential and 24 hour helpline, the number for Worcestershire is 0800 980 3331.
Visit https://www.westmerciawomensaid.org/services/independent-domestic-violence-advisors/ for more information.