Four well known South West charities are coming together to provide services for those suffering from Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence in Devon.

The LEESAR (Listen, Engage, Empower, Support, Advocate, Recover.) Partnership held its first launch event at Kilworthy Park, Tavistock, on Thursday 10 May which was attended by many partners and stakeholders wanting to learn more about the services provided.

The partnership was formed from Splitz Support Services, North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (NDADA) Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) and Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services (DRCSAS), and was commissioned by Devon County Council to provide Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services across Devon from April 2018.

Cllr Jeffrey Moody, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing at West Devon Borough Council, said: "We're thrilled to have hosted the first launch event for the LEESAR Partnership here at Kilworthy Park. Sadly we know that across Devon and in West Devon there are people suffering in abusive relationships who are afraid to speak out, or who may not even recognise that their partner is abusive.  Support is available, and it's important to realise that you are not alone."

Alison Cockram, Team Leader at Splitz Support Services, said: "We've had a really positive day at West Devon Borough Council's offices, raising awareness of services for those living with Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. We can offer support for those who want to leave abusive relationships, or those who want to stay together safely, as well as support for those who want to change their harmful behaviour. DVSA is not just about violence; we can help those living with emotional and financial abuse, controlling behaviour and coercive abuse. The impact that this can have on not just the victims, but also on children who witness the behaviour can be profound and lifelong. Our strategy is very simple; to end domestic abuse and sexual violence in Devon."

For more information about the LEESAR Partnership, or for help and support, please visit www.splitz.org or call 0345 155 1074.