On Monday 1st February a group of women in Wythenshawe launched their own centre to support those who have experienced domestic abuse.
Since first coming together as a group 12months ago this amazing group of women have made sure that their voices are heard and have already created safe spots across Wythenshawe. They are now, with the support of Greater Manchester Police, founding their own centre.
The centre was formally opened today by Assistant Chief Constable, Robert Potts from Greater Manchester Police, who have provided financial backing for the Centre, he said: “The opening of this centre is a great next step in the work to help women who have suffered domestic abuse to take control of their lives. The women whose determination and efforts have driven this project have not just provided support and real inspiration for survivors of domestic abuse but have changed attitudes within police officers. Acknowledging the principle that nobody knows better what communities need than communities themselves is an important step forward, not just for GMP but for other agencies providing services to communities and I applaud the achievements of all who have played a part in the creation of this centre including the businesses and organisations that have supported this work."
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, The Baking Tray and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group.”
Mike Kane MP who is the former Chief Executive of the Community Organising Company that started the project 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.”