Abuse victims can be helped

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IT’S not a glamorous job, nor does it offer instant rewards. And what it does guarantee would scare off the majority - hours of dedicated listening to stories of hurt and confusion.

Which is why we admire the sterling deeds of support workers from the Domestic Abuse Partnership. Their efforts transformed the life of a woman we profile today, who turned to them after finding a contact point on a bus ticket.

The woman we refer to as Diane says she suffered years of bullying in an abusive marriage.

Her story includes physical intimidation and an endless torrent of insults which left her feeling ashamed. But with the help of a support worker, Diane now has some hope and is working towards being independent.

It has taken her a year to get to this point, but proves the value of such bodies as the Domestic Abuse Partnership.

We hope readers never need their help, but if that moment comes, it will be a relief to know such diligent workers are on your side.

Now bring on the objective debate

THE Government is showing sense when it halted plans to impose a ‘shadow mayor’ on Sheffield in advance of a referendum on the issue. It is only right that if such a fundamental change in local government is to be introduced, it should be done with the support and approval of the public of this city.

The idea of imposing the principle on the city smacked of a high-handed government which did not care for the views of local people and felt they knew what was best for us.

Now that the suggestion of imposing a mayor on the city has been dropped, we can get down to the job of openly and objectively discussing what is at stake.

And it is only right that it is the people of this city who are involved in this discussion and who have the final say.

All we now want is for the main political parties in Sheffield who will no doubt seek to take the leading role in the discussions, to do so in a proper and straight forward manner. This is too important an issue for it to be smothered in the petty feuding we have come to expect of some politicians in our area.

Down to earth

AT last a secure future seems to be in the pipeline for the failed Earth Centre, in the Dearne Valley, near Doncaster. Opened as a pie-in-the-sky project, the scheme rapidly came to be seen as a white elephant with the expected visitor numbers failing to materialise and millions of pounds of Lottery money wasted. Now a company wants to take over the site and develop it into a residential educational activity centre and it is already clear that the proposals are more down to earth than what was originally proposed.