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The Hear2Change project works with young people in schools and community with the aim of changing attitudes to Violence Against Women and Girls. The project provides support to young people through workshops, assemblies and one-to-one advocacy work for those who have experienced or are at risk of, violence and abuse.

Hear2Change is is 12 weeks group programme looking at root causes and strains of VAWG; young people participating can gain AQA Level 1 and Level 2 Awards. We provide individual advocacy support to young people impacted by any type of abuse, teachers training to support their understanding of trauma and how to spot the signs of abuse, as well as supporting parents and assemblies through peer to peer campaigning. 

Advocacy 

Barnet SASS provides practical and emotional support to anyone aged 16+ who resides in the Borough of Barnet and experiencing domestic abuse, honour based violence and forced marriage. 

  • Consent based service the only exception is if the client was referred to service through the MARAC. Barnet SASS is a core Domestic Violence service in the Borough; we are also offering support to the survivors who have been referred to MARAC.
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) are co-located at different partner agency services; Colindale police station (3day per week), MH Service (4 days per week)and Adult/Children’s MASH (4 days per week).  Everyone is working from home.
  • We are working with all level of risk usually up to 3 months.
  • We are working with all genders.
  • We are also delivering the ARISE Course twice per year.
  • We are also one of the lead DV agency for the One-Stop Shop which is an advice surgery provided by some agencies including,  housing, anti-social behaviour officer from the Barnet Homes, family solicitors, and cybercare,

IRIS

IRIS Advocate is only accepting IRIS trained GPs, providing longer-term support. We are only working with standard to medium cases. 

We only accept referrals from Greenfield Medical Practice, Vale Drive Medical, The Old Courthouse, Langstone Way, Heathfielde Medical Centre, Wentworth Medical, Lichfield Grove, St Andrews Medical, St Georges Medical Practice, Millway Medical, Jai, Watling, Penhurst, Wakeman, East Barnet Health Care, Woodland Medical, Parkview Medical, Dr Azim and Partners, Supreme Medical Centre, Everglade Medical Centre, The Speedwell Practice, Temple Fortune, Oakleigh Road Health Centre, Freirn Barnet Medical Centre, Longrove Surgery, Village Surgery, Lane End Medical Centre, Brunswick Park, Hendon Way.

Barnet Service Leaflet 

Advocacy 

At Bexley we offer 1:1 advocacy, support and safety planning for medium to high risk service users. We support regardless of sexuality or gender and can take referrals internally, externally and in person. 

Groups

We currently run  Arise and ABC Programmes for women and also during COVID-19 have been running meditation virtually. We also held coffee mornings prior to the pandemic and hope to continue these in the future.

BAMER Worker 

We are currently working in partnership with IKWRO to provide support to Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women 18+ experiencing Domestic Abuse (DA) and living in Bexley.

This worker is able to support service users that are medium and high risk and referrals are accepted through our duty line/inbox and then referred onto IKWRO with Service User consent.

Specialist Advocate

We have also secured funding for a year to provide a Specialist advocate, this worker will be providing support to women who have experienced violence against women and girls (VAWG) and are also experiencing multiple disadvantage including, but not limited to, mental health issues, substance use, offending behaviour, homelessness or engaging in prostitution. 

Bexley Leaflet 

Advocacy 

The advocacy service accepts referrals from professionals, MARAC and we also encourage self-referrals to our duty helpline.

ISVA

ISVAs are Independent Sexual Violence Advocates who are specialist advocates with specific knowledge around the Criminal Justice system (CJS) as it relates to rape and other sexual offences.

IRIS 

IRIS Advocate Educators work directly with GP surgeries providing training and a consultation service. The aim of the service is to improve safety through the minimisation of the risks. The advocate educators provide emotional and practical support to referrals which include, completing risk assessments, safety plans, signposting, safeguarding referrals where appropriate and additional support where required.

To be eligible for the service you must identify as female and be registered with an IRIS trained GP surgery within the London Borough of Enfield.

IDVA (Housing Support) 

We have four IDVA’s, with one based at the ASB team in Enfield Council, who works primarily with permanent council tenants. IDVA’s accept cases that score 10 and above on the dash risk assessment. Cases that have been assessed as medium risk will be referred to our floating support worker where possible or to a specialised domestic abuse service in the community with the survivor’s consent.

Change in Challenge 

The Change and Challenge team are part of Enfield Councils Early Help Team. We work with families to find solutions to concerns they are having and focus on preventing them from becoming more difficult to manage.

The family must meet at least 2 of the following criteria’s: 

  • child/children are regularly missing or excluded from school 
  • child/children have potential gang affiliation 
  • Support for families suffering domestic violence 
  • Young people who are receiving support from Enfield Council’s Youth Offending Unit 
  • Adult family members are out of work and need help finding a job 
  • Support for family members with a range of health needs 

We aim to improve children’s behaviour and school achievement, support adult members of the family in take steps towards getting a job, training opportunity or accredited qualification. They may also benefit from improvements to their health and family relationships. 

Professionals/agencies need to submit all referrals for Early Help through the Children’s Portal.  www.enfield.gov.uk/childrenportal

Children's Centre 

The Solace Children’s Centre support service provides free and confidential practical and emotional support and advocacy for families affected by Domestic and Sexual Abuse/Violence who have at least one child under the age of 5 years; including those who are receiving support and intervention from Enfield Children’s Social Care. The aim of the service is to support and empower families to take the steps needed to deal with any immediate risks and to be able to make safe choices in the future.

Professionals/agencies need to submit all referrals for Early Help through the Children’s Portal where it will be triaged and allocated to the service best placed to provide the support required: www.enfield.gov.uk/childrensportal

Floating Support 

Enfield Floating Support Service provides free and confidential advice, support and advocacy to women and girls over the age of 16 affected by domestic and sexual violence. We offer short to medium term support with a range of needs such as legal options, housing, benefits, financial issues, and emotional support.

Floating Support

Haringey Floating Support Service provides free and confidential advice, support and advocacy to women and girls over the age of 16 affected by domestic and sexual violence, of standard to medium risk. Our team offers short to medium term support to increase safety. We will support with a range of needs:

  • Assess your risk level
  • Develop a safety plan to address immediate safety which include practical steps to protect you and your children.
  • Develop a support plan to identify your support needs
  • Provide advice and support
  • Advocate on your behalf

Referral process

Service users can either refer themselves by calling 020 8885 3557 or emailing [email protected]

A referral can also be made by a professional, please email [email protected], however, this needs to be done with the service user’s full consent.

Haringey Service Leaflet

Employment Programme

The project works with a range of women survivors of domestic abuse, supporting them through work readiness, training and employment. The programme will be flexible, allowing women to pause and re-join as their situation changes.

We support a range of women including women with no recourse to public funds, to get into a position that they can work. The project also encourages women who are currently in receipt of benefits to access the programme.

  • Assess your risk level
  • Develop a safety and support plan to address immediate safety and to identify your needs to support you into work
  • Provide advice and support
  •  Advocate on your behalf
  • Individual tailored workshops
  • Offer needs led peer support

Referral process

Service users can refer themselves to the employment programme by calling 02038745013 or emailing [email protected]

A referral can also be made by a professional to [email protected], however, this needs to be done with the service user’s full consent.

Haringey Employment Programme Leaflet

IDVA's

Our IDVAs offer information, advocacy and specialist services to increase safety and meet a range of needs – these can include ongoing safety concerns, emotional or housing support, legal options, reporting to the police, help around child contact, benefits and financial advice. IDVAs usually hold cases for 3 months but can work with clients for up to 6 months. IDVAs do not offer any therapeutic or emotional support. The service does not accept referrals for clients who have experienced historical abuse. Islington residents only.

CIDVA

Islington residents only. We work with 13 – 17 year olds in abusive relationships (including intimate partner relationships, CSE and gang exploitation). This is not a service for young people who have witnessed domestic violance in the home, but rather a targeted service for young people in abusive relationships themselves.

IRIS

IRIS Services works in partnership with GP Surgeries and offer tailored training on the public health issue of Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA). This service enables support to be offered to DVA victims at an early stage before the abuse becomes a serious risk to mental, emotional and physical health.

Duty and Assessment Workers

Islington residents only.

We provide consultations and advice to survivors and professionals. Duty and Assessment Workers also hold a small caseload of standard and medium cases. As per Solace Service Standards, we confirm receipt of referrals and attempt to contact the service user within 24 hours if the case is high risk and 48 hours if standard or medium risk.

Targeted Health 

Islington residents only. We work with complex cases with physical or mental health needs and work closely with Southwood Smith Centre.

We work with any risk. Available for consultations.

Targeted Child Social Care 

Islington residents only. We work with complex cases where CIN or CP are involved and work closely with CSC. Can work with any risk. Available for consultations. 

Targeted Housing

Sits in Housing and provides crisis intervention. Does not hold cases. We work with Islington residents and any service user fleeing to Islington and approaching Islington Council as homeless.

ISVA

ISVAs are Independent Sexual Violence Advocates who are specialist advocates with specific knowledge around the Criminal Justice system (CJS) as it relates to rape and other sexual offences.

Islington Service Leaflet 

Advocacy 

If you have experienced domestic or sexual violence/abuse then this service is for you. SASS provides a proactive and responsive service to survivor 16+ across all levels of risk. We work flexibly to meet the variable and challenging support needs of our service users and their children. We will work with you from the point of crisis to:

  • Assess your risk level 
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Discuss the range of suitable options open to you
  • Offer short to medium term support to put you on the path to long term safety
  •  Advocate on your behalf
  • Enable you to engage with other relevant services and agencies
  • Provide advice and support around safety
  • Provide advice and support in relation to proceedings in the criminal justice and civil court system.
  •  Implement safety plans to address immediate safety which include practical steps to protect you and your children.
  • Offer opportunities to receive group support SASS is accessible and responsive to the needs of all communities in Southwark irrespective of your risk level, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexuality. 

SASS will address your needs and the needs of your children through a combination of advice, advocacy and housing related support to put you on the path of long term safety. We will support you for up to 3 months but if you require support for a longer period then this can be reviewed.

SASS will work with partner agencies to manage your risk, support you and advocate on your behalf. Should your case be high risk and referred to the local MARAC in Southwark SASS will ensure that your voice is heard and will advocate robustly on your behalf.

SASS will support and help you to rebuild your self-esteem and increase your self-confidence, respect your individual choices and ensure that you are supported effectively. SASS will help you to access local services and activities in all sectors of the community. SASS will help you to take practical steps to protect you and your children.

Group work 

We run a number of group work programmes for survivors of abuse currently residing in Southwark. The groups provide emotional support to survivors of domestic abuse as well as empowering them, by helping them to understand what has happened, possible causes and ways to move forward from their experiences.

All participants for groups must be 18+ and live in Southwark. At present due to COVID restrictions, we are delivering groups online so participants must have access to a laptop/internet and have a private, safe space where they can talk openly without the risk of children or the perpetrator overhearing their conversation.

The purpose of the groups

The groups were designed as a way to emotionally support survivors of domestic abuse and their children as well as empower them, by helping them to understand what has happened, possible causes and ways to move forward from their experiences.

The groups therefore are not to assess survivor’s knowledge about domestic abuse or blame them for the abuse in any way.

As a result, the groups are confidential (unless there is a concern about risk) and facilitators would not disclose what is discussed in the groups or level of SU engagement to external agencies, however we can disclose whether or not an SU has attended if asked.

Referral process

Service users can either refer themselves onto the Groups programmes by calling 020 7593 1290 or emailing [email protected]

Housing Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

Primary purpose of the housing IDVA:

Providing a drop in service that assesses survivors not open to SASS team who are presenting as homeless as a result of domestic abuse. Within this service the Housing IDVA will liaise with housing, advocating for the survivor to get TA, and referring them on for specialist DV support (either with SASS or in their new borough).

IRIS Services

IRIS Services works in partnership with GP Surgeries and offer tailored training on the public health issue of Domestic Violence & Abuse (DVA). This service enables support to be offered to DVA victims at an early stage, before the abuse becomes a serious risk to mental, emotional and physical health.

Southwark Service Leaflet 

Advocacy

Tower Hamlets SASS is a crisis intervention service, which provides advice and support to people aged 16+ in Tower Hamlets who are currently experiencing domestic abuse. Priority for ongoing support will be given to victim/survivors who are identified as high risk, homeless, or experiencing economic abuse.

DWP Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

We support survivors of domestic abuse attending Poplar Job Centre.

The DWP IDVA will provide short-medium term holistic needs led support. Their particular focus will be to support those experiencing economic abuse or those who have become unemployed due to domestic abuse. They will work alongside Work Coaches and Job Centre staff, including through providing training, to support their understanding of domestic abuse and how to effectively facilitate survivors’ disclosures.

Housing Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

We support survivors presenting as homeless at Tower Hamlets Housing Options, due to domestic abuse.

The Housing IDVA will provide short-medium term holistic needs led support. They will work alongside the Tower Hamlets Housing Options team to support survivors fleeing domestic abuse, and their children. This includes linking survivors in for longer term support, dependent on their needs.

Housing Floating Support Worker

We support survivors of domestic abuse placed into temporary accommodation, outside of the borough, by Tower Hamlets Housing Options.

The Housing FSW will provide holistic needs led support to survivors and their children placed into temporary accommodation outside of the borough. This includes ensuring survivors are supported with accessing and developing connections within the local borough, including through onward referrals.

IRIS 

IRIS Services works in partnership with GP Surgeries and offers tailored training on the public health issue of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). This service enables support to be offered to DVA victims at an early stage before the abuse becomes a serious risk to mental, emotional and physical health.

Engagement with practices is supported by the GP Clinical Lead, Primary Care lead. We also made referrals to MARAC, Safeguarding and provide support to the victim survivors. 

Tower Hamlets Service Leaflet 

Advocacy 

Our Advocacy team provides short to medium term support to women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence across all risk levels. We offer information, advocacy and specialist services to increase safety and meet a range of needs – these can include ongoing safety concerns, emotional or housing support, legal options, reporting to the police, help around child contact, benefits and financial advice.

For more information email: [email protected]

Waltham Forest Service Leaflet

Marketplace 

We provide access to a range of therapeutic support services via one referral route. It is made up of several approved providers and aims to help those affected by domestic abuse, sexual abuse and harmful practices to recover and continue with their lives. Services include counselling, group work and a range of creative therapies. In cases where these services are not suitable, we aim to support survivors to find an alternative.

For more information email: [email protected]

Therapeutic Marketplace Leaflet

IRIS

IRIS service provides support and ongoing training for health professionals in general practice on understanding and responding to domestic violence and abuse. Subsequently the IRIS AE will work with the patients being referred into the service by GPs and this includes carrying out risk and needs assessments, safety planning and support planning with survivors and advocate on their behalf with external agencies.

For more information email: [email protected]

 

The Casa Project is a partnership within the London Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Consortium, led by Solace, with resettlement support provided by the following members of the London VAWG Consortium: Ashiana Network, EACH Counselling and Support, IKWRO Women’s Rights Organisation, Latin American Women’s Aid and The NIA Project. 

This project enables women to move-on from refuges to high quality, self-contained accommodation with affordable rents, for up to 2 years. Specialist resettlement support is provided throughout the tenancy and beyond, to longer-term secure accommodation. The referral and allocations process is supported by the Clearing House, run by St. Mungo’s.