Workshop on abuse

A SPECIAL workshop looking at the issue of domestic violence is being held in Wisbech next week.

The pilot event, which is being funded by the Home Office, is being held at the Oasis Community Centre in St Michael’s Avenue on Friday March 11 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

Organiser Christine Papworth, who is in charge of Domestic Violence Services for Fenland, explained the workshop will focus on Positive Deviance, a system used worldwide to tackle a variety of issues including malnutrition in children.

Basically it looks at the way different people deal with issues and uses that experience to help solve problems within communities.

Christine is hoping that people of all ages will come along to the workshop to look at the issue of domestic violence and talk about ways it can be tackled in Fenland.

The workshop is open to anyone interested in getting involved from professionals to individuals who have personal experience of the issue.

“Positive Deviance is used in a lot countries including Africa and has proven successful in dealing with issues. It is about communities coming up with solutions rather than someone going in and telling them what to do,” explained Christine, who said the workshop is one of the first of its kind to be held nationally.