Domestic Abuse can have a huge impact not just on individuals but the family unit itself. The GEWA family service works with women and children in a variety of different ways, we offer:
- A crisis service Monday to Thursday from 9:30 until 3:30 and on Fridays from 9:30 until 1:30. Afternoon and early evening appointments are also available by arrangement. Practical and emotional support is offered in the way of re-housing, referral for more intensive support and assistance with legal issues.
- One-to-one support for individual family members and also joint sessions with family members together aimed at strengthening relationships with the non-abusing parent/carer and dependants.
- Support with child protection issues or if there is social work involvement, this includes attending meetings and liaising with external agencies.
- Group and Pathways Triple P parenting programme which is designed to give parents positive strategies to manage their children’ behaviour. The nature of this groupwork strengthens social links within the community whilst encouraging structure and self-reflection.
- Outreach support at various locations throughout the east and north-east of the city including schools, community hubs and family homes.
- Support during particularly stressful times such as during child protection procedures and court appearances.
- A legal surgery every Thursday provided by a local lawyer
- Access to holistic therapy session provided by two fully trained professionals.
How we help families
The project works on a needs-led basis, where families are referred by social work, health, education, police, other voluntary organisations and within gewa itself. Service users would like support in addressing the way domestic abuse has affected their family can also self-refer or come to the drop-in and a member of staff will help you fill in the referral.
An initial assessment is undertaken with the woman that looks at different areas the family may need support and improvement in; these include relationships between family members, housing, healthcare, routines, legal issues, leisure activities and community resources.
As a result of this the Family service works with individuals in a variety of ways some examples of this are one-to-one sessions for women and/or children with a focus on therapeutic and emotional support, family sessions with a focus on building attachment, letters of support to find permanent safe housing, relaxation techniques, court support, child protection representation, advocacy work, referral for other groups in the community and activities such as bowling and swimming.
There is no set time limit for working with families however the main aims of the service are:
- To support children and young people to overcome the effects of living with domestic abuse and improve their confidence and self-esteem.
- For care-givers to feel better supported in their family environment using practical parenting techniques to improve and strengthen relationships
- Reduce isolation by increasing family’s access to community resources and social activities.
- For women to have an increased sense of safety and have the confidence to access learning opportunities or paid/unpaid employment opportunities.
If you would like to know more, or want to arrange a meeting, please contact us.