Welwyn Hatfield domestic abuse unit receives £2,000

PUBLISHED: 14:31 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 29 March 2017

(from L-R): Sharon Montgomery, Crane and Staples; 

Chrystalla Karvella, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council; Christine Novelli, United Reformed Church; Stelio Stefanou, High Sherriff; Caroline O’Flaherty, WGC Schools Partnership; Kerry Robinson, Hatfield Children Centre Group and Kerry Clare, WHBC.

(from L-R): Sharon Montgomery, Crane and Staples; Chrystalla Karvella, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council; Christine Novelli, United Reformed Church; Stelio Stefanou, High Sherriff; Caroline O’Flaherty, WGC Schools Partnership; Kerry Robinson, Hatfield Children Centre Group and Kerry Clare, WHBC.

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Front line staff working to tackle domestic abuse in Welwyn Hatfield will be given a £2,000 funding boost thanks to a High Sheriff award.

From L-R: Kerry Robinson, Hatfield Children Centre Group; Kerry Clare, WHBC; Caroline O’Flaherty, WGC Schools Partnership; Chrystalla Karvella, WHBC; Sharon Montgomery, Crane and Staples; Christine Novelli, United Reformed ChurchFrom L-R: Kerry Robinson, Hatfield Children Centre Group; Kerry Clare, WHBC; Caroline O’Flaherty, WGC Schools Partnership; Chrystalla Karvella, WHBC; Sharon Montgomery, Crane and Staples; Christine Novelli, United Reformed Church

This year’s awards, held at County Hall, celebrated effective teamwork, with the nominees being asked to show how they were achieving more by working together.

The Welwyn Hatfield Domestic Abuse Forum is made up of public, private and voluntary sector organisations, including Welwyn Hatfield Council, Hertfordshire County Council, children’s centres, schools, Welwyn Hatfield Women’s Refuge and the police.

One of the forum’s main priorities is to break the cycle of domestic abuse and help prevent the effects of abusive behaviour from being passed on to the next generation.

There were 44 entries in total for the awards this year, with 11 shortlisted.

Sharon Montgomery, chairman of the Welwyn Hatfield Domestic Abuse Forum, said: “I’m so proud that we’ve received this award in recognition of our partnership work.

“Teamwork is an important part of what we do and without our partners a lot of what we’ve achieved would not have been possible.

“The money will go a long way in helping us to train front line staff to spot the signs of domestic abuse.”

Councillor Roger Trigg, executive member for community safety, said: “A large part of what the Welwyn Hatfield Domestic Abuse Forum does is to try and intervene at an early stage.

“It’s important that we break the cycle of abuse, if young people grow up witnessing abusive behaviour they may think it’s a normal part of relationships.

“This is why it’s vital that intervention happens as soon as possible.”

The confidential Hertfordshire Domestic Violence/Abuse Line offers callers affected by domestic violence and abuse a supportive response, detailed referral information and access to a range of support agencies.

The helpline number is 08 088 088 088, open 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, and 9am until 4pm at weekends.


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