A multi-agency approach to deal with the fall-out of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse. Image for illustration only.
Domestic abuse. Image for illustration only.

Boston Women’s Aid works with social services, police and other local agencies to deal head-on with domestic violence.

Lincolnshire Police say one in four women and one in six men will suffer from domestic abuse at some point in their lives. Nationally, police receive a call about domestic abuse every minute - with two women murdered every week in England and Wales at the hands of their partners or ex-partners.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “We actively encourage the reporting of domestic abuse and will take all such reports seriously and work with a number of partner agencies to address domestic abuse. It is a crime that cuts across all social, cultural and religious boundaries.”

Along with supporting the families in the two refuge houses, BWA also deals with 45-50 outreach families at any one time that need help, food and other day-to-day living essentials.

“We work alongside Centrepoint Outreach homeless charity and the food bank who are able to provide us with food,” said BWA manager Lynn Mitchell. “For the families in refuge we work with other agencies like the police and children’s services. If a woman decides to return to the perpetrator we have to look very closely at the case in terms of safeguarding the children involved.”

BWA works in partnership with Boston Mayflower Housing Association in offering support to victims. They run a support service in Boston and South Holland with drop-in sessions in the Boston and Spalding areas (details on 01205 318600).

Lynn added: “We also have a lot of support from Boston Asda who also let us use one of their rooms for our free counselling service.”