Our Outreach Service supports women who have experienced
or who are experiencing domestic violence. Women do not need
to have been in refuge to access this service although some will
have. The service is available to ALL women, whether or not
they have children.
The service is flexible to suit individual
needs and whilst it provides one to one support, often works alongside
other agencies to address all needs of women and their children.
Some women ask for regular structured meetings with the Outreach
Worker, others prefer to phone when support is required.
work entails becoming involved with a variety of practical tasks
whilst providing the emotional and moral support that a woman might
need to work towards being able to undertake these tasks for herself.
The practical tasks may include form filling; accompanying
someone to court, solicitors, housing or hospital etc; negotiating
and liaising with other agencies; explaining documents and procedures;
writing letters of support; referring to other services and professionals
and making enquiries on a womans behalf. This is not an exhaustive
list and the diversity of tasks increases as the number of women
using the service increases.
The Outreach Worker is able
to provide information and explore options with a woman which will
assist her to make decisions about her future and that of her children.
Women are also given access to materials used in training
which explain why abuse occurs and how to overcome its effects.
support provides essential help to a woman who has been assaulted,
controlled and undermined resulting in confusion, low self-esteem
and lack of motivation.
The Outreach Service operates alongside
the refuge to provide a complete package of support to women and
families experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
Childrens Outreach Service
Our Children's Outreach Service is funded by Nottinghamshire
Children's Fund until 2006. It's main role is to raise awareness
of domestic violence and the support available to children. Our
Children's Outreach Worker can support children aged 5-13 by listenening
and acknowledging their needs through therapeutic play and talking
through their problems. Our Children's Outreach Service and
Outreach Service work closely together to support children in the
refuge and offers ongoing support to families that have left the
refuge, or families who cannot access refuge for whatever reason.
snapshot of the possible impact of witnessing domestic violence
on children can be....... sleeplessness, confusion, bullies
or bullied, nightmares, anxiety, guilt, anger, self harm and eating
Children can speak to someone.
Children are taken seriously.