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1 Surrey Domestic Abuse Services Working together to provide support to victims and their families across Surrey

2 Domestic Violence Definition “ Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological physical sexual financial Emotional (Home Office, March 2013)

3 The true cost of domestic abuse… More than 1 in 4 women and around 1 in 6 men have experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16. (Home Office, ‘Homicide, Firearm Offences & Intimate Violence 2008/09’, January 2010) Women are more likely than men to experience longer periods of partner abuse, repeat victimisation and injury or emotional effects as a result of the abuse. ( Home Office, ‘Homicide, Firearm Offences & Intimate Violence 2008/09’, January 2010) On average 2 women per week are killed in England & Wales by their partners or ex- partners (Crime in England and Wales 2006/07 Report)

4 Domestic Abuse in Surrey In the 51 weeks to 25th March 2013 Surrey Police received 12,567 reports of a domestic incidents or crimes. That is 246 reports every week. (Surrey Police, 2013) In 2012-2013 the specialist domestic abuse outreach services in Surrey dealt 3,127 new service users.

5 Surrey Statistics Since 2000 there have been 58 known attempted or actual DA related killings in Surrey Number of murders: 26 Number of attempted murders: 29 Number of manslaughters: 3 (Surrey Police, April’13)

6 Who are we? Four independent charities working in partnership Chapter 1 (South West Surrey) East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services North Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach (managed by Walton, Weybridge & Hersham Citizen Advice Bureau) yourSanctuary

7 Domestic Abuse Outreach Chapter 1 01483 577392 – (Guildford and Waverley) East Surrey 01737 771350 Reigate & Banstead, Mole Valley and Tandridge yourSanctuary 01483 776822 Woking, Runnymede and Surrey Heath North Surrey 01932 260690 Epsom & Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne

8 Shared Values Empowering survivors to make decisions about their own future Increasing safety Reducing risk Working for Justice Ensuring equality of opportunity and access to services Promoting recovery and positive futures

9 Together we provide… A 24hr helpline - 01483 776822 4 Refuges County-wide Outreach Services IDVA Services Counselling Group Work Children’s Services Specialist training

10 Referrals Self or agency referrals. Referrals accepted by phone, email or letter Agency referrals only accepted with the clients consent and a safe point of contact.

11 Referral Statistics Referral Breakdown for 2012/13: 3,127 new service users* 50% from Surrey Police 18% Self Referrals 5% from Children’s Services Other sources – Health Visitors, GP’s, Housing, Education…

12 How does Outreach engage with clients?

13 13 Surrey DA Services Outreach provides client centred support: Face-to-face, phone, email or text. Specialist advice, advocacy, information and support. Crisis intervention and long term work delivered on a needs-led basis. Empowerment and recovery crucial to prevent repeat victimisation

14 Surrey DA Services cont…. Maximising safety and well-being e.g. Sanctuary Scheme and safety planning. Benefits, Children & child contact, Debt, Divorce & separation, Housing, Legal advice including Injunctions, criminal law. Referral and signposting to other agencies and much more!

15 Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach services Meet clients at safe venue for face to face interview Confidential telephone advice and support Sanctuary Scheme Referral Freedom Programme and Support Groups Represent client at MARAC IDVA at SDVC Liaise with professionals and advocacy Train and raise awareness of domestic abuse

16 IDVA Independent Domestic Violence Advisors Surrey DA Services provide IDVA services for Surrey Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) Surrey Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC)

17 Court IDVA SDVC sits once a week IDVA: Receives court list and contacts victim Attends all 1 st, admin & sentencing hearings Liaises with Crown Prosecution Service Immediate access to court results Enhances access to Special Measures, appropriate Bail Conditions, Restraining Orders In 2012/13 Surrey IDVAs supported 392 victims at the SDVC

18 MARAC IDVA Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference Receives MARAC Agenda from Police Contacts every victim (if safe) prior to meeting Advocates for victims at MARAC Meetings Responsible for meeting actions Feedback to victims In 2012/13 Surrey IDVAs supported 591 victims through MARAC

19 Volunteering Services In 2011/12 Surrey DA Services Volunteers provided approximately 15,438 hours of support which equates to £247,008 of added value. Volunteers over the four services: Supporting 24 hr helpline Supporting survivors at Civil Court Supporting survivors at appointments/meetings 1 to 1 Befriending Supporting Group Work Programmes Awareness raising Fundraising activities.

20 In their own words! “In my personal opinion I would say that Outreach is one of the best organizations for helping desperate people at difficult times in their lives…They have helped me to achieve many goals in my life and have made me a better person for all of the help they have given me. Thank you.”

21 “I came feeling very isolated, depressed and with no idea what to do. Today I’m happy and looking forward to the future. Thank you so much.”

22 Further Resources

23 What is Domestic Abuse ½ day course Domestic Abuse: Multi Agency Responses 1 day course Domestic Abuse: Train the Trainers 3 day course Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse Training Framework Working with Children Affected by DA 2 day course Domestic Abuse: within the LGBT Population ½ day course Domestic Abuse: The Legal Framework ½ day course DA: Safely Engaging with Perpetrators 1 day course

24 How could you support us? Display Publicity materials Raise funds to enable us to deliver services & run groups Encourage others to talk about DA & seek support Support our clients via Food Banks Support local refuges through donating goods

25 Any questions?

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