If you or your family are in immediate danger don't be afraid to call the police on 999. Otherwise please contact Kent Police on the non-emergency telephone number 101 or visit your local police station to speak with an officer in confidence.

Alternatively, you can contact the freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge on 0808 2000 247 or the Mens' Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.

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Domestic Violence and the Deaf Community (DeafHope)

What is DeafHope?
DeafHope is the UK's only sign-language based service to help Deaf women and children who suffer from domestic abuse.

Deaf women are more at risk of domestic abuse than hearing women. When sign language is the main way you communicate it can be very hard to get help. We offer support and advise through our outreach workers, IDVAs, children and families workers, Young DeafHope team and through signposting. DeafHope is continuing to grow with new members of staff and new roles and this is a very exciting time for us.

DeafHope now covers London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Training
The next training we are delivering is Domestic Violence and the Deaf Community and is aimed at professionals who want to learn more about DeafHope, domestic violence and the deaf community or who may have a deaf client.

The training dates are:
17th May 10:00am-1:00pm and
20th June 1:00pm-4:00pm
Both dates are in Balham, Wandsworth.

Please see the 'Download Information' link located at the bottom of this post for booking forms. Please ensure you fill out the appropriate dated form. If you are unable to attend the training, DeafHope can provide in-house training for full or half days.

We also can deliver presentations to any groups, both Deaf and hearing, should you wish to learn more. We are happy to visit all work places, social events etc.

Young DeafHope
As part of our prevention work, our Young DeafHope team deliver workshops to young Deaf individuals on varying topics such as Healthy Relationships, Anti-bullying, Forced Marriage & Honor Based Violence and sexting/cyber bullying.

We are now offering a new workshop on HIV. This topic is extremely important for young Deaf individuals as many have no HIV awareness. Our materials are adapted specifically for Deaf clients so they are accessible. If you wish to book a workshop or for more information please do contact us.

Survivor Workshops
DeafHope runs a similar programme to the Freedom Programme called Survivor Workshops. It is a 7 week programme which is a small group of Deaf survivors.

Our next survivor workshop session is in September. If you know anybody who will benefit from a 7 week course to build confidence, meet other Deaf survivors who have gone through similar experiences, and to learn to be a stronger, more independent individual then please let us know so we can make contact and hopefully book them onto our survivor workshop scheme.

For help you can text our 24 hour SMS only number: 07970350366, email: deafhope@signhealth.org or phone us: 02087723241

Please click HERE for more information on DeafHope projects.

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Job Vacancy - Chief Executive

Location : - North/West Kent

For over 20 years, Choices have been providing support in refuge and the community for victims of domestic abuse and their families. With other community based programmes we aim to raise awareness and educate vulnerable young adults in a bid to prevent domestic abuse.

We are now looking for a Chief Executive to take the organisation forward in a new phase of its evolution, which will be more focussed on community support, education and awareness. Reporting to and working with a Board of Trustees, the successful applicant will be a key part of the envisioning and planning for the Organisation’s future direction, whilst also being responsible for the successful leadership and day to day management of operations.

The successful applicant will come with a track record of successful leadership and experience of setting and implementing strategic direction. You will possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage effectively with stakeholders, partners, board members, staff and clients. Demonstrable experience of developing and implementing new opportunities and funding generation will be key. Equally important is the proven experience of inspirational team management, insightful and concise financial management and a good understanding of governance.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter, setting out why they are interested in this progressive new role and how they are suitable.

Applications addressed to: Emma Siers, Board of Trustees

Email address: chairperson@choicesdaservice.org.uk

Post : c/o Choices, 40 Chastilian Road, Dartford DA1 3JJ, marked ‘Private & Confidential’.

Closing date for applications: Friday 17th March, 2017, noon

Interviews will be held: Monday 27th March, 2017

Registered Charity no 1125773

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Domestic Abuse Programme for Kent and Medway

Are you worried about your behaviour towards your partner?

This 12 session group programme for men aims to explore and address abusive and controlling behaviour within heterosexual intimate relationships. The group will increase your awareness of the effects of your behaviour on partners and children, whilst developing the skills you need to reduce harm and to maintain respectful relationships.

The first session will be an individual session to introduce you to the programme and the group leaders. You will also have an opportunity to discuss any other questions you have. You will be asked to sign an agreement which sets out the expectations for attending the group.

Provisional Start Dates & Locations:
February 2017 in Maidstone area
June 2017 in Medway area
September 2017 in Thanet area
All groups will take place on Saturday 11.00am-1.00pm

There is no cost to attend the group, however group members will be expected to attend ALL sessions.

An agency may have told you about this group, however you will need to take the next step yourself and ring the number given below to find out more about the group. You may then be offered a telephone interview to decide if this is the right group for you.

If you are interested in joining the group please ring the following number and leave your name and contact number: 01227 812531

Additional groups and locations may be arranged should there be a demand for this; to register your interest call the number above. Leave a message including your name and contact number so that your call can be returned as soon as possible.

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Job Vacancy - Programme Facilitator

Closing date: 21st February 2017

Would you like a rewarding career working with a diverse and sometimes challenging client group?

Are you responsive yet maintain a boundaried approach?

Have you worked with groups or trained groups of people?

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Rehabilitation Company (KSS CRC) deliver a range of rehabilitation services to people who have been sentenced by a court to either custody or community supervision and who are classed as low to medium risk. We are here to reduce re-offending and help keep safe the communities in which we operate. We believe a person can stop re-offending if they accept responsibility for their actions and the support we offer to make change happen.

The role of Programme Facilitator is to deliver a range of group work Programmes and courses aimed at changing challenging behaviour and patterns of thinking.

This could include working with domestic abuse perpetrators and some work will be undertaken on a one-to-one basis.

The role requires you to work with Probation colleagues and other agencies. Facilitators are required to evaluate on-going risk factors for individual service users as well as contributing to the overall effectiveness of the programme delivery. This includes maintaining records on individuals’ performance and report writing.

Full training will be given as part of the role.

To succeed, you will need to be willing to work with challenging people who face difficult or demanding problems. Training will be given some of which may be residential (up to 5 days at a time).

For more information on KSSCRC and details on how to apply please visit our website at http://ksscrc.co.uk/work-for-us

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Domestic abuse victims urged to come forward

Article from Kent Online, Medway Messenger, urging anyone who is feeling that they are a victim of controlling coercive behaviour to contact the police or one of the many support organisations that are available.

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Working with Domestic Abuse and Change Resistant Drinkers

AVA and Alcohol Concerns joint research and guidance on working with change resistant drinkers and domestic abuse is now available. Hopefully professionals will find the guidance useful to support them to work with their clients experiencing these issues.

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DAVSS: Volunteers Wanted

Our volunteers are providing vital support to vulnerable victims of abuse and their children when they need it most and all our volunteers make a real difference. We operate our Helpline from our independent offices in Tunbridge Wells Police Station so it is very convenient for public transport from Tonbridge plus there is a nearby local car park in Crescent Road. Volunteer Advisors also meet victims of abuse in convenient, safe locations across the area including Tonbridge and surrounds. We provide training, mentoring, and on-going support.

Further information about volunteering with DAVSS is available on our website: www.davss.org.uk

White Ribbon Campaign in Medway

Article and photos of recent event at Gillingham Football Club.

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Forced Marriage Video

The Forced Marriage Unit has released a new film to demonstrate the devastating impact of forced marriage on victims and their families.

The aim of the film is to raise public awareness of the impact of forced marriage, and warn of the criminal consequences of involvement, building on the outreach and education work of the FMU. Told from the perspective of a victims older brother, who is complicit in arranging her forced marriage but unaware of its true impact until it is too late, the film represents the first time the FMU have directly targeted family members

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Home Office Adolesent to Parent Violence Guidance

The Home Office has issued an information Guide: Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA).

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NSPCC Children's Service Article

See article for details of NSPCC's DART Service for Children and their Mothers.

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Kent DV Forum Newsletter - issue 65

This newsletter is meant for agencies and practitioners who work with those affected by domestic violence in Kent and Medway.

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Volunteer Opportunity - Translators

SATEDA are looking to establish a bank of volunteer translators to help assist their clients who do not speak English.

As a priority we are seeking volunteers that can speak Latvian, Polish or Russian, although any other language would be appreciated.

If you are interested then please contact Liza Thompson: service.director@sateda.org

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Victim Support Needs Volunteers to support Young Victims

Our Young Victims Project provides emotional, practical and group support to young victims under the age of 18 years.

We are currently looking to recruit people who have had previous experience of supporting young people/ children.

If you have 3 to 4 hours a week to commit to supporting young victims who have been impacted by domestic abuse, are able to travel and work both in a home and school environment, we need you.

What did people say about you in 2014 ?

Charlotte was told - she has given my daughter her confidence back, she is now stronger and able to return to school , she has her smile back and is now able to join in social groups. I can not say thank you enough.

David was told - he was a great help, and very easy to talk to, he was very understanding and Impartial and non-judgemental - my son is no longer angry and is able to control and understand his own emotions .

Rebecca was told - that she was an absolute angel and gave superb help and support, we could not have moved forward without her!

What will you be told in 2015 ?

Come And Volunteer For Us To Find Out

To be part of the team
email us at vs.kent@victimsupport.org.uk
call us on 0845 3899 527
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Teenage Relationship Abuse Campaign

Advertising for the Teenage Relationship Abuse campaign is due to start on 14 February and the attached Campaign Brief provides you with further background information on the campaign, along with details on how to order support materials, free of charge, direct from the storage and distribution centre.

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