GPs encourage people suffering domestic abuse to ‘Speak to me’.

People in Barnsley are being encouraged to ‘Speak to me’ by GPs about domestic abuse.

Barnsley Council in partnership with IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Services) is launching a new campaign with GPs called ‘Speak to me’ following on from their very successful ‘Speak up’ domestic abuse campaign in Barnsley.

The campaign will promote the safety of discussing domestic abuse or issues within your relationship with your GP practice. All members of the community can access this universal service.

It will enable practice staff to promote that they are a safe place to discuss experiences of domestic abuse or relationship problems and that they are skilled and confident to ensure appropriate signposting to specialist domestic abuse services.

It will also give the opportunity to initiate those much-needed conversations about what are healthy relationships, what is acceptable and how to access support when a relationship is neither healthy nor acceptable.

Four GP practices have agreed to take part in the initial pilot stages, and the team aim to add further practices after the launch on Thursday 8 November.

Sam Goulding, Project Manager for IDAS, said; "Our clients often tell us that they just wanted someone to ask the question. People supporting these clients tell us they needed to know what to do if a person said: "yes, I need help". This campaign is a fantastic chance to join these two things together. It gives specialist services like IDAS the chance to support people that may never have had the confidence to approach us before."

Marie Hoyle CEO for Barnsley Healthcare Federation CIC said; “We are aware that sometimes in a time-constrained appointment with the GP it may be difficult to open up.  We also know IDAS will help give people the time and space to get the right support.  We are happy to promote awareness of IDAS and will encourage our clinical staff to ask the right questions and promote “Speak to Me”

Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said; “We want everyone to know that there is help in Barnsley for people in domestic abuse situations or dealing with difficult relationships. No one needs to suffer alone. Support is there. We encourage anyone who needs help to speak to their GPs or make contact with IDAS.”

For more information visit www.barnsley.gov.uk/speakup or call IDAS on their free 24-hour help-line 03000 110 110

Keep an eye out for the Speak to Me Campaign in your local area.

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