MP welcomes TSB Safe Space launch to protect domestic abuse survivors
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed the national launch of TSB’s Safe Space partnership with domestic abuse charity, Hestia.
The partnership will provide a safe space for local people suffering from domestic violence. TSB was the first bank to launch this partnership and has already successfully trialled the scheme across Hereford, Shropshire and Worcestershire.
Hestia data shows a near 40% increase in people trying to access specialist support during the first lockdown and the charity anticipates similar future demand – as three thousand victims sought help between April and September last year.
Specialist training has been delivered to TSB branch employees across the country to help them advise and assist on numerous issues including financial coercion, human trafficking and other criminal activity. Victims can use a private room to make telephone calls, speak to a trained staff member, and get a referral to the local police service. The support is available to both TSB customers and members of the general public.
As an essential service, TSB branches have remained open during lockdowns. The branch rooms set aside for Safe Spaces adhere to current health and safety regulations, ensuring people can still visit safely in line with coronavirus restrictions.
Banff and Buchan has TSB branches in Banff, Fraserburgh and Peterhead that will offer this support.
Scottish Conservative MP for Banff and Buchan David Duguid said:
“Domestic abuse is unacceptable and during the pandemic, lockdowns led to an increase in domestic abuse – with Hestia reporting a near 40% increase in people trying to access support during the first lockdown.
“These safe spaces launched by TSB will allow people to access a safe space and shows a commitment to local communities from the bank.
“This initiative will help many of my constituents and is something as many people as possible should be aware of.”