A DOMESTIC abuse charity has become one of a handful across the country to get new funding to help it use its expertise to help train other organisations in how to deal with victims of trauma.

My Sisters Place, in Middlesbrough, which works with about 1,600 women every year, has been included in a cohort of five other "change-making" charities in the country to get the funding and support to scale up its operation and share its knowledge with others working in the sector.

It is taking part in a "scale accelerator" scheme, run by Spring Impact, which aims to help charities and social entrepreneurs to increase their reach and impact.

Fundraiser Verity Stangroom said: "It''s all about sustainability.

"This will give us access to global leaders in entrepreneurship within our sector.

"We're really excited about it.

"Ultimately it will help us help more people."

The charity's clinical lead Ejaye Moran has developed a trauma-informed model (TIME) to help empower victims of domestic abuse by increasing the knowledge and skills of people working with survivors.

It is something the charity is already training other organisations in, but by taking part in the project, it is hoped it will be able to increase the number of people it works with, increasing its reach and raising its income.

My Sister's Place is a specialist domestic abuse service, supporting women and children by offering practical support, women's groups and therapeutic services.

Ms Moran said: "Alongside drawing upon a wealth of research addressing trauma and domestic abuse, and integrating trauma-informed principles into practice, TIME draws upon My Sisters Place’s extensive experience of delivering therapeutic practice to female survivors of domestic abuse."

Joe Kallarackal, director at Spring Impact said: “With marginalised people rarely facing just one issue, there is a growing need for a more systematic, person-led approach.

"We know that effective approaches, practices and projects that help adults facing multiple disadvantage have great potential but face unique challenges in scaling their impact.

"We want to focus on how these challenges can be overcome to unlock greater impact for the sector.”