Domestic abuse survivors open new centre in Wythenshawe

A new centre aimed at supporting survivors of domestic abuse in Wythenshawe opens its  doors on Monday (February 1).

The Wythenshawe Safe  Spots community group formed last year will be based in the centre, to be opened by Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Robert Potts.

Since its formation, the group has  already created safe spots across Wythenshawe.  And now, with the support of Greater Manchester Police, founding their own centre.

Lisa Clover, the Safe Spots Co-ordinator who will be based at the Centre said: “Our approach from the outset has been to put power back into the hands of those who have experienced domestic abuse. The centre is the next step in our journey to change the way domestic abuse is dealt with.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the businesses that have helped us get the centre up and running with their kind donations and support. These include Wickes, Wilkos, The Carpet Man, Momma B’s and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.”

The new centre follows a change in the law in December which makes coercion and control in a relationship a criminal offence with a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The centre is also backed by Wythenshawe’s MP, Mike Kane, the former Chief Executive of the Community Organising Company that started the project. He  said: “Working to change the way domestic abuse is tackled, these women have been transformed by their work. They have become leaders, changing the community for the better. Where once they were unable to speak in front of a small group, now they stand up and share their stories in front of packed halls. They are truly remarkable and I wish them every success with the new centre.”

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