New project to support domestic abuse victims

By Chris Willmott 24/02 Updated: 01/03 10:06

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A BRAND new support service for victims of domestic abuse has been launched.

Solihull Domestic Abuse Support and Prevention Service (SDASPS) is the new project of the remarkable Margaret Lloyd - the borough woman who has selflessly devoted herself to supporting victims of domestic abuse and their children.

Margaret has been working with domestic abuse sufferers for the past 30 years - most recently running the organisation MABL almost single-handedly until council funding ran out for the project.

She is now hoping SDASPS will allow her to continue all her support work which sees her putting abused women - and men - in contact with the right organisations to help them escape a life of abuse and also offers courses to help give them the confidence to start a new life and generally offering all the support and guidance they need.

Margaret's dedication to the cause is unfaltering - despite having very little money herself she works full-time for SDASPS for no financial reward at all.

"I can't turn my back on people who need me," she said.

"I've been helping victims of domestic abuse for 30 years and I can't stop that just because I'm not getting paid."

The Solihull branch of SDASPS was officially launched at an event at St John's Hotel in the town centre where it hoped to raise awareness and rally support for the project.

One of the key areas of of support needed is funding to enable Margaret to give domestic abuse victims the very best support.

"I can barely afford the petrol to get out to see people let alone run the necessary courses and offer them the proper help they need," added Margaret.

"I would love to hear from any local business or people who would like to donate or sponsor this fantastic charity - we really need your help."

If you would like to find out more about sponsoring or donating to SDASPS or are a domestic abuse victim then give Margaret a call on 07900957084.

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