12 March 2008
Young people in the Caerphilly county borough have been have been delivering information leaflets and posters across the area to raise awareness about domestic abuse.
The group of sixteen-year-olds have been carrying out the work as part of a reparation scheme organised by the local Youth Offending Service (YOS).
The Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme involves the distribution of publicity material to every GP surgery in the county borough about the work of the Safer Caerphilly MAC (Multi-Agency Centre) - Caerphilly's one-stop-shop for victims of domestic abuse and their families.
Lynne Bosanko-Williams, Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator for the Safer Caerphilly MAC said, "It's encouraging to think that these youngsters took such a genuine interest in the importance of helping to support victims of domestic abuse and their families – their help in delivering the information leaflets and posters is much appreciated."
Viv Sanders, Operations Manager for the ISSP said, "This is partnership working at it's best – the youngsters involved in reparation work with us were extremely keen to do their bit for such a worthy cause, and I hope that by delivering these leaflets and posters, the youngsters will have helped significantly in aiding victims of domestic abuse to get the help they need."
Established in February 2007, the Safer Caerphilly MAC is a one-stop-shop for victims of domestic abuse and their families. The primary aim of the agency is to significantly reduce the number of people that victims of domestic abuse need to speak to in order to get the help they need, and also to increase the swiftness of response and safety of the victims and their children.
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