Working Together in Birmingham to Highlight the Plight of Domestic Violence


Simpson Millar LLP recently invited local trade union members and representatives from Women's Aid and the Allens Croft Project, Kings Norton to discuss domestic violence policies.

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Helping Families Who Have Suffered Domestic Abuse

Both Women's Aid and the Allens Croft Project work closely with the community to shine a light on the effects of domestic violence on women and children.

Women's Aid was set up in 1974 to provide support from an emotional and practical perspective to women and children experiencing violence. They have since strived to uphold the standard and are leaders in their field.

The Allens Croft Project was an initiative set up to improve the quality of life for local people in the area, and to bring about positive changes from within. This includes advice and support concerning domestic violence in the community. They have recently branched out and launched The Freedom Programme, a project designed to help women who have been affected by domestic abuse - a free programme that lasts for 12 weeks open to women who live in Brandwood, Kings Norton, Bournville and Billesley.

What is the Freedom Programme?

Although the programme is targeted at women, men can also participate whether they are being abused themselves or are the perpetrators. Whilst focussing on the abuser and the abused, the programme also describes in detail how children are affected by the abuse and how their lives can improve if that abuse is stopped.

Emma Pearmaine, head of family law at Simpson Millar LLP, gave a short presentation at the event discussing domestic violence policy in the workplace. She acts as a trustee for CADDV, the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Alliance – a national charity working with employers to focus on the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

In addition, there to show her support was Parveen Attri, family law associate at Simpson Millar LLP's Birmingham branch. When asked about the event she said, “It was a good opportunity to meet and discuss with our local community workers, union and councillors this very important subject affecting women, men and children. The event gave an insight into how we can further work together to highlight our services and offer our assistance.”

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