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A project which works with victims and survivors of traumatic domestic abuse has been shortlisted for a top policing award.

The Freedom Project in Birmingham, provides a safe and supportive environment to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

The project is run by Jacky Mulveen, a survivor of domestic abuse and Donna O’Sullivan.

Jacky and Donna deliver awareness and empowerment programmes to help women recover from trauma and rebuild their lives. They have over 15 years’ experience working in this area. 

Their programmes are delivered throughout the week, with over 70 women attending from all over the city.

The workshops offer advice to victims and survivors of abuse on issues such as housing, social services, mental health, alcohol and drug abuse.

The Freedom Project supports women through their journey of recovery. Helping them to re-connect with their children, build resilience, address adverse experiences and make a fresh start.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said:”Jacky and Donna go above and beyond every day to support vulnerable women and children.

“For 15 years, they have worked tirelessly to help those victims and survivors of domestic violence. They have enabled women to build resilience, improve self-esteem and help them on the road to recovery.

“Jacky and Donna are an inspiration to us all and thoroughly deserve this recognition”.

Jacky Mulveen and Donna O’Sullivan said: “We are delighted to have been nominated and recognised for the services we provide in empowering women and consequently their children, to heal from the impact of domestic abuse.

“It is vital that we as a City understand the impact of trauma on the lives of women and children and have services in place for them to heal and thrive.

“We thank the Police and Crime Commissioner for this wonderful opportunity and for keeping domestic abuse on the agenda and the National Lottery Community Fund for enabling us to deliver this work.

“We hope this recognition will go some way in us gaining future funding to continue for another 15 years”.

The Awards take place on 11th July 2019.

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