Domestic violence charity is praised in ‘hotspot’ MK

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A charity that saves more than 20 city women a WEEK from domestic violence has won a national accolade.

MK-ACT, also known as Milton Keynes Women’s Aid, has been quietly providing help and refuge for the past 35 years.

Last year 1,090 adults and 1,136 children were helped with a crisis or re-homed in the city’s secret refuge.

Sadly Milton Keynes is a domestic violence hot spot, with the highest repeat rate in Thames Valley.

But MK-ACT’s 28 purpose-built flats provide a sanctuary for women and their children for as long as they need it.

But the problem is not confined to females. Fifteen of the victims in the past year were men who were being abused by their partners, said MK-ACT head Irene Chittenden.

Today the charity’s work has been recognised by a national quality kitemark plus a commendation for its proactive prevention work.

At the same time it has been awarded the Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse Leading Lights accreditation – an honour only gained by a handful of organisations.

Polly Neate, head of Women’s Aid Federation England said: “The dedication of the team at MK-ACT is making that difference.”

People needing help can call MK-ACT on 0844 375 4307.