Published: 20/12/2013 11:28 - Updated: 20/12/2013 11:43

Moray Women's Aid opens doors at Christmas

Written byby Hazel Lawson

A CHARITY supporting those experiencing domestic abuse will keep their doors open this Christmas.

The Moray Women's Aid team.
The Moray Women's Aid team.

Moray Women’s Aid will be on hand to help women and children who are being subjected to physical violence or mental torture in their own homes.

The organisation provides an holistic service, including secure accommodation for those in need.

Although based in Elgin, the charity helps people throughout Moray, from Cullen to Forres and Tomintoul to Lossiemouth.

Elle Johnston, service manager with Moray Women’s Aid, said: “We support women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and the service remains during the festive period – Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the next day. We are one of the few refuges that actually do that.

“Over the last year we’ve helped 280 women and over 100 children – that doesn’t change at Christmas. We are here to provide that support to help stop people falling through the net.”

This week Police Scotland launched its national campaign to combat domestic abuse during the festive period, by targeting perpetrators.

The message ‘If you do it we will find you’ will be supported by a TV advertising campaign entitled ‘13 days of Christmas’, which will begin on Monday.

Moray Women’s Aid can be contacted on 01343 548548 and Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Read the full story in 'The Scot' print version.

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