Project information

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Support Service

We operate a support service for victims of Domestic Abuse in Gateshead. We would like to improve the service by enhancing the support we offer through a new group to combat the social isolation of our victims and invest in training for staff and volunteers.

1 Year

Charity information: Oasis Aquila Housing

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  • Need

    Need

    In 2014-15 there were 3542 domestic-related incidents reported to Police in Gateshead. During 2013/2014, 45% of the women we housed and supported had recently been a victim of domestic or sexual abuse. Along with Gateshead Local Authority we are expecting an increase in the numbers of victims being referred because of changes in the way cases are referred.

    Solution

    This funding will allow us to deliver an improved specialist, IDVA qualified, service for victims available for more hours, more flexibly and for a longer duration.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    setting up a social-support-Group for victims

    Activities

    » provide a safe, neutral environment for victims and their children where they can establish friendships, socialise and also use it as a resource point

    Social Support Group established by March 2016


    Aim 2

    Establish Pattern Change programme which helps victims overcome the impact of abuse

    Activities

    » publicising the service more widely through a leaflet so that more people are aware of the service and victims can get in touch discreetly

    Pattern Change programme offered to every victim we support


    Aim 3

    IDVA training to the project’s Senior Worker

    Activities

    » Senior Staff members completes IDVA training to enhance skills for service delivery

    IDVA training competed by senior staff member by March 2016


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our project will enable victims of domestic abuse to better access specialist support, make themselves (and any children) safer and recover from the impact of the abuse. The outputs & outcomes will be recorded as part of our Performance Indicators - which record: hours spent with each client, personal outcomes achieved

    Risk

    There are potential risks to staff and client safety from perpetrators. These risks are all managed as part of a risk management plan. The majority of our clients are referred to us through professional agencies such as the police, medical professionals, Housing Groups, Social Workers.

    Reporting

    Monthly management reports are completed for senior management by project staff highlighting performance and risk issues so that any concerns can be addressed these reports will be shared with donors on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £32,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 Staff Salaries project staff
      £3,000 IDVA Training training costs
      £10,000 Pattern Change Programme programme costs
      £7,000 Project Costs support work and associated costs
  • Background

    Location

    Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

    Beneficiaries

    170 victims of domestic abuse

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    OAH has over 25 years’ experience of working with victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Vicky Adamkiewicz

    Senior Project Worker