We know from the things that people tell us that our Domestic Abuse outreach services are life savers. ‘Shannon’s’ first came to us in the refuge but once she left there she made the most of everything we could offer:
- Domestic Abuse Awareness course helps people understand how their abuser manipulated their mind
- Resettlement helps with finding somewhere to live, kettles, benefits, etc…
- Staying Put service is for practical safety at home: panic rooms, safer locks
- Fresh Steps is there to build confidence to return to work, learning or volunteering
- Referral to partners can help people deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
We don’t say life saver lightly. We know that good support outside of the refuge saves lives.
Domestic Abuse of Older People
This year we deliberately broadened our outreach work for domestic abuse. We don’t want to wait until someone appears at the refuge. We know that you need to be flexible and work hard to find people when they need help and where they need help.
So we have also spent the year highlighting domestic abuse in our older citizens.
Through our programme we spoke to hundreds of people to raise awareness of this problem, one that can be overlooked by professionals and by families.
CHADD has also created Dudley’s first safe space specifically for older victims.
We run awareness sessions for professionals, community and faith groups and this year 915 people came
Most of the people we help though are still younger women, often with children.
- 136 took advantage of “Staying Put”, where we help them stay safer in their homes.
- 144 completed our many confidence and skills boosting group programmes.
My self-esteem is so much better, looking after myself more and taking pride in who I am. The group programme was ace.