Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) has been awarded a Commissioner's Plaque by the Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner's office.
The Commissioner's Plaque is the Police and Crime Commissioner's way of recognising the invaluable work done by projects in Gloucestershire.
The plaque was presented by Chris Brierley, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, to Sally Morrissey, GDASS Support Services Manager on Monday 14 August.
GDASS is one of more than 350 projects to be supported by the Commissioner's Fund to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour throughout the county. The plaque, which bears the inscription 'Breaking the cycle of crime', will now be displayed at GDASS' offices in Quedgeley.
Sally Morrissey said: "We are delighted and proud to have been awarded this plaque. It’s great that we have been recognised by the Police and Crime Commissioner for the high standard of work that we seek to deliver to adults and children affected by domestic abuse.”
Over the past 12 months, more than 5,000 people have been referred to GDASS for support from across the county. Where possible, the service works with victims to help them and their children to stay safely in their own homes; offering access to legal advice and other specialist support agencies – where this is not possible, GDASS helps people to find a place of safety.
GDASS is currently working with the police, and the Hollie Gazzard Trust, to set up a new service dedicated to supporting victims of stalking. The Gloucestershire Stalking Support Service (GSASS) will include a clinic for high-risk cases, a helpline and guidance from a trained caseworker.
GDASS is delivered by GreenSquare and Splitz Support Service. To find out more about GDASS, visit www.gdass.org.uk.