Integrated Domestic Abuse Support Service Referrals
Integrated Domestic Abuse Support Services are provided across Kent, and offer a holistic range of support services to victims of domestic abuse, including;
- Safe refuge accommodation
- Specialist IDVA support
- Community Outreach Support
- Therapeutic and group programmes, such as 'Freedom'
- Support with court proceedings
- Emergency welfare assistance
The 'Domestic Abuse Referral Pathway' document and countywide referral form can be found under the 'Promotional Material' tab to the left of this page.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us: 02087723241 Please click HERE for more information on DeafHope projects.
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.
We will be running further programmes in Chatham and Ramsgate later this year.
If you are interested in attending please email us with your name and contact details to email@example.com
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 email the address given above 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.
Additional groups and locations may be arranged should there be a demand for this; to register your interest email the address above. Leave a message including your name and contact number so that your call can be returned as soon as possible.
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.
KMDASG Newsletter Issue 73
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.
KMDASG Newsletter Issue 72
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
KMDASG Newsletter issue 71
KMDASG Newsletter Issue 70
KMDASG Newsletter issue 69
White Ribbon Campaign in Medway
Article and photos of recent event at Gillingham Football Club.
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
KMDASG Newsletter Issue 68
KMDASG Newsletter Issue 67
KMDASG Newsletter issue 66
Home Office Adolesent to Parent Violence Guidance
The Home Office has issued an information Guide: Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (APVA).
DA and LGBT People
Read article from DIVA magazine.
NSPCC Children's Service Article
See article for details of NSPCC's DART Service for Children and their Mothers.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 ?
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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.