Proactive, Preventative Outreach Service
The service will support people to address issues before they become critical, and work with those who would otherwise find themselves excluded from services.It will be focused on proactive, preventative work.
Behind Closed Doors (BCD)
We have many referrals from people experiencing abuse who are not in immediate danger, but where there is real potential for their situation to worsen over time if the issues are not addressed. We also see that some people who have always found it difficult to get help (especially from statutory services) now find it almost impossible: particularly those with no recourse to public funds; single women and 16-17 year olds.
People experiencing early stage domestic violence/unable to access support through statutory services will be able to take appropriate action to keep themselves and their children safe, take control of their own lives and regain their self confidence, stability and independence.
Support people experiencing early stage domestic violence
Activities» Provide outreach service to access support through statutory services
Success will be 228 people with be supported
Recruit and train volunteers to support the service
Activities» People will be trained and volunteer in the proactive outreach project in the 3 years, including those who have experienced DV themselves
Success will be 10 people will be recruited and trained to support the service delivery
Support training of local students
Activities» In conjuction with local education providers, the project will provide placements for up to social care students
Success will be providing placements for up to 2 social care students per year, 6 in total.
People experiencing early stage domestic violence/unable to access support through statutory services will be able to take appropriate action to keep themselves and their children safe, take control of their own lives and regain their self confidence, stability and independence. A reduction in repeat victimisation will demonstarte the effectiveness of the service
Funding is a key factor in the success of this project. We have submitted grant applications to various funders in order to secure funding.
We will systematically measure people’s experience of outreach at each meeting using our Assessment Toolkit: a series of forms which enable us to guide and track the client’s progress towards safety and independent living. This information will feed into an annual report to funders.
Budget - Project Cost: £39,817Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £28,237 Development worker Salary for development worker £11,580 Training & expenses Training costs and expenses incurred for paid staff and volunteer
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount Henry Smith £28,237 Guaranteed
BCD is based in Leeds and we provide a city wide service.Outreach services are always delivered in local communities in places where women feel safe & which are accessible to them: in Health Centres; Children’s Centres or at the house of a trusted friend or neighbour. Because our services are tailored to the individual we are able to ensure that anyone can access them regardless of culture, language or geography.
The local and wider community will benefit from reduction in crime as well as receiving training around the issues of domestic abuse. Demand on statutory services will be reduced as they will be able to refer their clients into our service. There general well-being and health of service users will improve as we empower them to move forward with their lives and leave the abuse behind.
We have an excellent track record in helping women take control of their lives and improve their independence. In the areas of Leeds where we have worked longest, the repeat victimisation rate for high risk cases is 24.5% compared to 45% in the rest of the city.Our work is well respected by the statutory and voluntary sector organisations who work with us.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
BCD is managed by an experienced Operational Manager, Louise Tyne who has been responsible for expanding BCD’s outreach service across the whole city.