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New start bags give lifeline for victims

Durham Soroptomists

The Acting Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner(PCVC), Steve White has provided two new start bags to help women who have been victims of abuse to start over.

The bags were presented to the Durham Soroptomists at Durham Constabulary Headquarters. The new start bags, consist essential items including basic toiletries, clothing, underwear, and feminine hygiene products.   The bags are given to female victims who have escaped or been rescued from domestic or sexual abuse, trafficking or modern day slavery, as they often flee with nothing.  

Steve White, Acting PCVC said, “The Soroptimists do some fantastic work which often goes unrecognised. They provide vital practical help to many women across Durham and Darlington helping to improve lives.

“These bags really do help them make take the first steps to a new start. Victims’ clothes often hold terrible memories or may be needed for forensic purposes and these supplies give the victim hope when they are at their most vulnerable, and help to build their confidence and trust.” 

The Soroptimists are a volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls.  They are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities.

Pauline Warren , a volunteer for the Soroptimists, said “we are so grateful for the support of the Office of the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.  The basics of being able to have a wash and put clean clothes on, sometimes for the first time in a long time, helps to reassure a victim that their life is going to get better.  These bags really will help to change the life of a victim, and give them a new start”.

Soroptimists International Durha are always looking for help and assistance. If you think that you could help to provide a new start bag or items for a bag please contact us through our Facebook page S.I.Durham

Posted on Thursday 9th January 2020
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