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Our grateful thanks go to Bradford on Avon Town Council whose £500 donation toward the costs of the Buddy Scheme is very much appreciated.

The Buddy Scheme provides trained volunteers to engage with women who have experienced domestic abuse and whose needs are no longer identified as intensive, but still require ongoing support. Their experiences have side issues around isolation and withdrawal from community life; sometimes the 'buddy' simply encourages that re-engagement with the local community. No community is immune to the blight of domestic abuse and last year Splitz supported 19 women (with 27 dependent children) from Bradford on Avon who were experiencing such abuse at the hands of a partner or ex-partner.