New support service for Redbridge domestic violence victims ‘will save lives’

L-R Pat Reynolds, Cllr Farah Hussain, Tracey Blackwell, Cllr Jas Athwal, Det Sup Mandy Beacher, Mark

L-R Pat Reynolds, Cllr Farah Hussain, Tracey Blackwell, Cllr Jas Athwal, Det Sup Mandy Beacher, Mark Benbow. Photo: Sandra Rowse - Credit: Archant

A strong message of hope was sent out to victims of gender-based violence on Friday at the launch of a new service.

L-R Pat Reynolds, Cllr Farah Hussain, Tracey Blackwell, Cllr Jas Athwal, Det Sup Mandy Beacher, Mark

L-R Pat Reynolds, Cllr Farah Hussain, Tracey Blackwell, Cllr Jas Athwal, Det Sup Mandy Beacher, Mark Benbow. Photo: Sandra Rowse - Credit: Archant

Women threatened by domestic abuse, sexual exploitation and harassment will get more support from the Redbridge Integrated Violence Against Women and Girls Service (VAWGS).

Community leaders speaking at the event said in one voice “we can support you”.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said: “It will save lives and it will make a real difference.”

During the past two years and a half years around seven victims, including two children, have died as a result of violence mainly by partners or ex-partners.

See this week’s Recorder for full coverage.