The district’s former Women’s Aid charity has been accredited as a prestigious Leading Lights Service for victims of domestic abuse.
CEA (Committed to Ending Abuse) has become the only total face-to-face client contact service in Scotland, one of just 40 in the UK for domestic abuse, to receive the accolade.
The status recognises the quality of the service and is an external validation from SafeLives showing standards in relation to the likes of safety, risk and partnership working.
The organisation’s executive director, Chris Murphy, said: “Last year alone we supported over 500 new local people as well as existing people, all wanting the very best service possible at such traumatic times in their lives.
“Achieving Leading Lights assures us that we are one of the very highest quality domestic abuse services in the UK.”
The service has broadened the scope of its work in the field of domestic abuse and trauma and now supports male survivors of domestic abuse as well as women and children giving practical support, therapeutic interventions for women, men, children and young people living in the district who have experienced or are living with domestic abuse.
CEA chairperson Louise Day said: “Our organisation has evolved over the last few years and we have become more inclusive so it felt right to rebrand, not just for a more inclusive name – because we offer a service to men and the LGBT community – but because the service has transformed completely.”