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  • commented 2017-04-28 14:14:44 +0100
    I’m contacting you on behalf of Edinburgh Women’s Aid, we are an organisation which provides specialist services to women children and young people with experience of domestic abuse. We work across the whole Edinburgh area and with women and children from all communities.

    Last year we had contact with 1500 women and supported 237 children and young people. Our services include the provision of safe temporary accommodation, crisis counselling, information and support to help women to make the choices which are correct for them and support to children and young people including outreach support in schools and delivery of the CEDAR programme.

    Demand for our services are increasing year on year and the provision of specialist support is vital to help women, children and young people to recover from their experiences. We believe it is imperative that the voices of women and children are heard by elected representative to ensure that decisions take into account the distinct needs of those with experience of domestic abuse.

    We are contacting all candidates to ask you to pledge that if elected you will ensure that the voices of women, children and young people from all the communities of Edinburgh are heard and all the needs of those affected by domestic abuse are made visible in all areas of council policy.

    If successful in your campaign we would be delighted to have you visit our services and hear first hand from us about the work we do.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Yours faithfully

    Linda Rodgers