New ini­tia­tive ready to tackle do­mes­tic abuse

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

A CAM­PAIGN against do­mes­tic abuse is be­ing stepped up, with a pi­lot project launched in Sur­rey.

The aim is to pro­vide re­sources so vic­tims can be sup­ported ear­lier and achieve a long-term re­cov­ery and in­de­pen­dence.

Change That Lasts will be split into three: Ask Me: a community-based cam­paign in which abuse can be dis­closed early and sup­port quickly ac­cessed; Trusted Pro­fes­sional: cen­tred around sup­port and pro­fes­sional ser­vices; and Spe­cial­ist Sup­port Ser­vices: work­ing with lo­cal ser­vices to adopt a strengths-based, needs-led and trauma-in­formed ap­proach.

The na­tional do­mes­tic abuse char­ity, Women’s Aid, has teamed up with SafeLives for the pi­lot, which has been launched in Sur­rey, Not­ting­hamshire and Northum­bria.

It also has the back­ing of Sur­rey’s Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner David Munro, who said he is ‘ pleased and proud’ that the county was se­lected for the project to ‘rad­i­cally change lives.’

“My of­fice led the Sur­rey Against Do­mes­tic Abuse Part­ner­ship in mak­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion to take on this pi­lot,” he said.

“The new ways of work­ing, which will be tested and eval­u­ated by Sur­rey and the other pi­lot ar­eas, will help in­form the na­tional di­rec­tion – pro­tect­ing women and chil­dren from con­trol­ling or vi­o­lent per­pe­tra­tors.”

Women’s Aid is in talks about the spe­cific ar­eas of the county in which the project will be avail­able.

All three schemes un­der Change That Lasts will be rolled out later this year af­ter an ap­peal was made for community mem­bers, ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als and spe­cial­ist do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ser­vices to put them­selves for­ward.

Women’s Aid chief ex­ec­u­tive, Polly Neate said decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and re­search, has ‘con­firmed a bet­ter ap­proach to tack­ling do­mes­tic abuse is needed.’

“Too of­ten our re­sponse to women who are in ap­palling sit­u­a­tions is still based on an in­ad­e­quate un­der­stand­ing of what they re­ally need to be safe and to re­cover,” she said. “We end up fo­cus­ing on short-term mea­sures that do not en­able fam­i­lies to thrive.

“By lis­ten­ing to women we can pro­vide help ear­lier and make sure help is ef­fec­tive and long-last­ing, lead­ing to true in­de­pen­dence.”

See www.wom­en­said.org. uk for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

Ex­treme sports are just one of the at­trac­tions when Tran­si­tions re­turns to Thorpe Park at the end of the month.

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