We recognise that domestic abuse affects both genders. However we provide separate services for our male and female clients.
It is estimated that domestic abuse affects 1 in 4 women. To help women who are suffering from domestic abuse we offer a range of specialist services which aim to keep victims safe in the short term and support them to overcome the abuse that they have suffered in the longer term.
We recognise that not everyone will need or want the same level of support. We therefore offer a range of different services which are tailored towards the individual needs of the victims that we help.
- For victims who need to flee violence, we run three modern and comfortable safehouses which last year provided safe refuge to 67 women and 62 children.
- For high risk victims, some of whom may still be within the abusive relationship, we offer our award winning Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service. The service provides intensive support to medium to high risk victims of domestic abuse to help keep them safe and where appropriate, to support the victim to bring the perpetrator of the abuse to justice. Last year the service supported 395 victims and their children.
- For victims whose level of risk has been assessed as low to medium we offer our Outreach Service. This service helps women to take the next steps back to independence. This includes help to access support agencies who can help them, back-to-work training and confidence building. The project helped 265 women last year.
- We run 12 week rolling programmes called “Freedom Programmes” which help vulnerable, standard risk victims of domestic abuse identify abusive and non-abusive relationships to help them break-free and remain free from domestic violence.
- For women who are leaving our safehouses we offer a specialist resettlement service to help them settle safely into their new home and community.