Walsall Domestic Forum – Group Award Nominee – 2006

The forum was established approximately 8 years ago. Individuals and professional bodies worked together to develop a service for women in Walsall. In 2001, a lottery grant enabled the forum to employ a team of workers and get the service onto a firm footing, and with the help of volunteers and some further grants, they have now achieved an effective and impressive service. In addition to a 24 hour helpline and crisis intervention service for women experiencing domestic violence there is a full school programme for 5-11 year olds and a training programme for police, community workers and health care professionals. The Forum has also produced posters, survival cards, information and campaigning materials, and stickers for women’s toilet doors all over Walsall. It is a remarkable achievement to have established such a comprehensive service for women in the Walsall area at this period of time.