New initiative ready to tackle domestic abuse
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.
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