We provide a confidential outreach service for female victims of domestic abuse whose risk has been assessed as low to medium. We expect to support these clients on a longer term basis by offering advice, signposting and referring to other agencies where appropriate. We understand the difficulties victims have to face and can help them access the necessary services to keep themselves and their children safe.
In 20011/12 our Outreach Workers supported 265 local victims.
The outreach worker will work with the victim to understand her needs and to put together an individual support plan to help her break free from the violence and move forward with her life.
The support offered by the Outreach Worker will vary from case-to-case but in general the Outreach Worker can provide:
- Safety planning and risk assessments to monitor the changing levels of risk and help to educate the victim in the dynamics of domestic abuse.
- Support to help the victim access local services which can help her such as housing or citizen’s advice.
- Referral to our Children’s Services Team if her children are suffering because of the violence.
- Confidence building skills and support to help overcome the abuse suffered.
- Referral to counselling support services.
- Liaising with the local Police Domestic Abuse Unit.
- Referral to Sanctuary Scheme for additional home security, panic alarms, secure locks, etc.
- Employment and training support to promote independence.
- Help to access volunteering to promote self esteem and realise potential.
- Referral to our 12 week rolling Freedom Programme. A free support group which helps victims to understand domestic abuse and its impact.
Referral to the agencies can be made by statutory service providers such as the Police, GP or Social Service or independently by a victim, relative or friend.
To contact our Big Lottery funded Outreach Workers please email. email@example.com or telephone 01753 549865.