''This year has been a scary and uncertain time for victims of domestic abuse. Opoka has gone above and beyond to ensure the service is on hand to offer support to Polish women and children across Avon and Somerset during this challenging time and has proven to be a lifeline to victims and survivors.

During my time as PCC, I have met with Opoka several times, but in my most recent meeting with the service, I was lucky enough to hear about the fantastic work the whole team is undertaking to ensure victims are put first, are heard, and are supported. I know that Opoka will not judge victims; they are there to listen to survivors and offer the best support to help them cope and recover.

No matter the circumstances, Opoka is determined to reach out to as many Polish women and their families as to raise awareness of all forms of domestic abuse and make it clear, domestic abuse is unacceptable'