Nepali Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support Service launched in Rushmoor

A new face has joined Citizens Advice Rushmoor, offering support to members of the Nepali community who are suffering from domestic and sexual violence or abuse.

Aliza Gurung, 25, is at the helm of the Nepali Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support Service, which is available at the Citizens Advice Rushmoor office in the High Street, Aldershot, daily, from 9.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday

Funded by The Royal British Legion, Aliza is a Nepali-speaking Domestic and Sexual Abuse Project Worker. Aliza, who previously volunteered for Citizens Advice Rushmoor for two years before taking on this role, said: “Our main aim is to advise abuse victims on the options available to them – I fully understand that it must be difficult for people to ask for help due to the language and cultural barriers that exist. I want them to know that this new service is for them – help and support is available to them at every step of the journey.” Aliza, who lives in Aldershot, has recently finished a university degree in law, and is due to graduate in September.

The Rushmoor Nepali Domestic and Sexual Abuse Support Service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial support to victims of abuse who are serving personnel or family members of the Nepali and Gurkha communities in Aldershot and the surrounding area.

Information and support is available, either face-to-face or by telephone, depending on the needs of the client. This is not an interpretation only service – the support worker will signpost for specialist support, where appropriate.

Contact Aliza at the Citizens Advice Rushmoor on 01252 333618. In an emergency, contact Hampshire Constabulary on 999.