10 Aug Safe Steps Launches New Service Helping to Reach Domestic Abuse Victims
Thanks to recent funding from A Better Start Southend, Safe Steps have an exciting new service to help reach those needing support due to domestic abuse. We have been able to expand our team with two Early Years Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) within our specialist team based at Dove Centre in Westcliff. The Early Years Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (EYIDVA) provide individual victim support and/or advocacy for parents of children aged four years and under who have been exposed to, or are at risk of, domestic abuse. To make the service as accessible as possible, in addition to meeting at the Dove Centre, the IDVAs are also able to meet you in Children’s Centres around Southend.
Domestic abuse is a complex crime that can have a devastating impact on individuals and children/young people. The Early Years IDVA will work with the non-abusing parents and their children who have been exposed to domestic abuse, to provide person led support and advocacy to assist with navigating through the criminal/civil legal systems, providing support with Social Care processes, resulting housing issues, access to benefits and health services etc. as well as providing emotional support to aid recovery.
If you would like to make a referral for yourself, please call us on 01702 302333 option 1.
If you are a professional and have consent to make a referral on behalf of someone, please add as much information to our online referral form https://www.safesteps.org/.
If you would like to learn more about what the service can provide, please contact the Adult Operations Manager on 01702 302333 option 1.
For anyone residing outside of the Southend area and in need of similar support, please contact COMPASS on 0330 3337444 or use their online referral form www.essexcompass.org.uk