The service offers one to one support for victims, survivors and their families by working co-operatively with partners, including East Herts Council, police, various housing associations and children’s services. Outside of Stevenage, the service will be known as Survivors Against Domestic Abuse.
Peter Boylan, East Herts Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “Domestic abuse causes unimaginable psychological harm, as well as physical damage, and we need to do everything we can to support victims and help them start to repair their lives so the launch of this partnership working with SADA is extremely welcome.”
SADA has won numerous local and national awards, and has supported 243 victims in the last twelve months.
Councillor Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council and chair of SADA, said: “It is important that support services are made as widely available as possible for victims of domestic abuse, which is why it is such fantastic news that we have now expanded SADA to East Herts.
“I have watched the service grow and help so many victims of domestic abuse and their families. The expansion of SADA means that we can make sure even more people get the right help.”