Cllr Duncan Kerr is pictured handing over a cheque to Wendy Bulman the Chief Executive of Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service (SDAS). Cllr Kerr said:
"We know that the recent restrictions on households has exacerbated domestic abuse and has led to increases in demand for services to victims and survivors. In response I decided to decline the allowance that would otherwise have been paid to me as the mayor and ask the Council to grant it instead to SDAS so that it can be used to benefit local residents. I hope that this will be the first of many such donations over the next twelve months as I raise further money for them".
Wendy Bulman Chief Executive of Shropshire Domestic Abuse Services added "We are delighted to receive this money from Oswestry Town Council, over the past few months we have seen a very high level of demand for our services. Many women and children feeling violence desperately need a bit of extra help and this money can be used to but the essentials they need as they start a new, safer, life.
We support all victims of domestic abuse and will ring fence this money to provide specific therapy, childcare, transport costs for access to/from safe accommodation and other bespoke requirements for individuals; both adult and children/young people, who are being supported by our service.
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service runs education and empowerment groups as well as offers face-to-face tailored 1:1 support and have safe accommodation for those needing to flee.
Cllr Kerr went on to explain that he has already talked to many local leaders including the High Sheriff of Shropshire Dean Harris, on how we can all reduce the acceptability and incidence of domestic abuse in our communities.