Support programmes to help tackle domestic violence in Dudley

Stourbridge News: Sessions are open to anyone living in Dudley borough. Sessions are open to anyone living in Dudley borough.

FREE help sessions are available to borough residents who want to address feelings of anger and aggression.

Dudley Probation is urging anyone who wants to change their behaviour to attend its Turn Around programme before it results in domestic abuse.

The programme, which has been running since June, offers help through eight weekly sessions, consisting of both one-to-one and group exercises.

Sessions focus on the impact aggressive and violent behaviour has in the home and offer techniques to deal with anger in an appropriate manner.

Amy Thornton, programme facilitator and probation officer, explained: “The aim is to offer an intervention to those who want it, before a victim is created.

"Participants will be coached to develop conflict resolution skills in a safe environment.”

Detective Chief Inspector Danny Delaney, from West Midlands Police, said: "The programme is a great facility for local people who want to address their feelings of anger and aggression.

“Domestic abuse has traditionally risen at this time of year due to many factors - arguments over child contact, increased alcohol, family tension and financial pressures.

“Victims may feel pressure to hold it together over Christmas, but domestic abuse shouldn't be tolerated at any time, let alone over the festive season when people should be enjoying themselves.”

Residents can access the group, which is based near Dudley town centre, by contacting Jo Goldie or Amy Thornton on 07539000736.

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