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Help offered to domestic abuse victims

By Canterbury Times  |  Posted: November 30, 2012

HERE TO HELP:  The team at the new domestic violence drop-in centre in Herne Bay

HERE TO HELP: The team at the new domestic violence drop-in centre in Herne Bay

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MORE cases of domestic violence are reported across the Canterbury district than anywhere else in Kent according to Canterbury City Council.

Staff at the one-stop shop at the Riverside Children's Centre in Kingsmead Road dealt with 262 cases in the past year – a rise of 55 per cent.

Now officials have launched a new drop-in centre at the Poppy Children's Centre in Herne Bay in a bid to help more people.

The centre offers people advice from police, solicitors and housing organisations. No appointment is necessary.

Community safety officer Natasha Griffiths said: "The Thursday one-stop-shop at Riverside is now so busy that we need to start providing additional support for people who are suffering from domestic violence."

The service is free and confidential and supported by the Canterbury District Domestic Violence Forum.

The Kingsmead centre is open Thursdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and at Poppy's Children Centre in Kings Road, Herne Bay, on Tuesdays from 9.30am to noon.

For more information, call the Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Service on 01227 452852.

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