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A Safe Space in practice

One of VOICES' Trustees gives their personal view of what safe spaces can provide for people recovering from domestic abuse

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A Safe Space in practice

One of VOICES' Trustees gives their personal view of what safe spaces can provide for people recovering from domestic abuse

My understanding of a safe space is one in which a person not only feels physical and emotionally safe, but one in which they can recover and grow. It needs to be a place of warmth, shelter, nourishment and compassion. No two people will have exactly the same requirements to feel safe, so the space has to be flexible enough to meet individual needs. The space needs to be one in which the individual can feel secure enough to explore who they are, what their needs and desires are; to challenge their own internal monologues and to realise their full potential

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This service has saved my mental health and has provided a safe service whilst helping with coping mechanisms for the future.

- Lena

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VOICES will be closed for some days over Christmas and New Year. We wish all our wonderful clients, partners and supporters a peaceful and healthy holiday. Please find the details of our opening hours and contact information during the period here. Contact details for other specialist services are available on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/voicescharity

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