Northumberland Domestic Abuse Service

karenKaren Richardson, the Service Co-ordinator of NDAS gave an account of the valuable service this charity provides for victims of domestic abuse in Northumberland. The service is a charity but gets no help from Government sources and relies on donations from individuals and other bodies. It provides one-to-one counselling and help to both adults and children in abusive relationships. The service is completely confidential and besides the one-to-one aspect helps to provide oportunities for group discussions such as the Children & Young Person group.

NDAS also works closely with many other bodies who might be involved such as the Mental Health Teams, Children and Young Persons Service, the Probation Service and so on. They have a particular problem in helping people in isolated places, such as farms, in Northumberland as discovering the victims is very difficult.

Some of the statistics are horrifying - 1 in 4 women are abused, 1 in 7 men and 1 in 5 children. 66% of women in prison have been abused in their relationships, while 11% of all crime is carried out by abused people.

The talk ended with a question and answer session and the questions asked reflected the concern of those present.