FCWA support women, men and children who have or who are suffering domestic abuse. The service is also part of the Lancashire wide #NoExcuseForAbuse campaign which highlights support across the county and raises awareness of domestic abuse.
This year has been particularly difficult for those in abusive relationships with lockdown and related financial issues putting extra pressure on relationships making it more important than ever to let people know that services are out there to help.
Tina Hibbard, Service Manager at Fylde Coast Women’s Aid said: “It is fantastic to see our organisation be a part of this year’s Illuminations as it gives us the opportunity to tell people that we are here and ready to support them if they need us, now or in the future.
“We are really proud to see our name in lights to highlight what we can do for people. Our specialist staff can support with safety planning, provide emotional support and help people move towards a life that is free from abuse”
Councillor Jo Farrell from Blackpool Council added: “We take domestic abuse in all its forms very seriously and welcome the opportunity to support our local services here in Blackpool.
“Services like Fylde Coast Women’s Aid make a real difference to people’s lives and it is important that local people know about them.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw who part funds Fylde Coast Women’s Aid as part of his commitment to support victims of crime across Lancashire said: “The Illuminations are an institution and it is fantastic to see Blackpool come out in support of domestic abuse services.
“Domestic abuse is unacceptable and anything we can do to support men and women affected is a step in the right direction. Services are open and ready to help and I would urge anyone affected to visit the No Excuse for Abuse website to find their local support services including Fylde Coast Women’s Aid.”
Anyone in need of support or wanting to find out more about the signs of domestic abuse can visit www.noexcuseforabuse.co.uk.