A RECOVERY programme is being offered to women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse.

Run by Scottish Borders Council’s Safer Communities Team, CEDAR (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) offers support on how to rebuild relationships, stay safe and cope.

The 12-week programme has been available in the Borders since 2013. And to date there have been 177 referrals –with 98 children and young people and 68 mothers going on to take part.

One graduate, who didn’t want to be named, said: “I was nervous and anxious about going into a group setting but once I met the other families, I realised we were all in the same situation and all wanted the same outcomes for our children.

“I am so glad that I completed the 12 weeks. The relationship and communication I have with my son has improved a lot and we no longer feel blame or guilt for experiencing domestic abuse.”

The programme will return in February, and the council wants to hear from mothers, with a child aged four-16, who need support.

Councillor George Turnbull, Scottish Borders Council’s executive member for community safety said: “This programme continues to provide a unique and vital source of support for women and children who have gone through an extremely difficult life experience, the complexity and impact of which should never be underestimated.

“The feedback received from all of those who have taken part clearly shows how helpful and supportive they have found the process to be, and I would encourage anyone else who feels they would benefit to get in touch to find out more.”

For more information, contact the CEDAR Co-ordinator at: cedar@scotborders.gov.uk or on 01835 824000 Ext. 5494.

Anyone who is currently experiencing domestic abuse can call the 24-hour National Domestic Helpline on 0800 027 1234.

In an emergency, they should call 999. Information is also available on the Council’s website at: www.scotborders.gov.uk/domesticabuse