News from RtR

We realise it has been some time since Oxfordshire enjoyed their own Champ Network Meeting.

For many reasons this had not happened but we have now agreed to take over the reins again and are therefore hosting one at 1pm-4pm on 19th March 2020 at County Hall.

All Champions (trained and waiting for training) are very welcome to come along. Just book a place!

Below is a message from Jade, the new Chief Champion in our West Berks network about new training events in the borough. If you have attended the West Berks' DA Awareness training and been waiting to become a DA Champion:

We wanted to highlight to anyone in Torbay waiting for training to become a Champion of domestic abuse that we now have some new events listed thanks to Jason your Chief Champ in Torbay. If you have not yet registered, simply apply online and the dates are available for you to join the course when you apply.

Due to a few changes and shuffling of staff in our small Oxfordshire IDVA team, we are happy to announce that we have the following vacancy:

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)  £25,000 – £27,000pa

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse provides specialist independent domestic violence services in Oxfordshire. This includes providing a package of support covering crisis intervention, risk assessment, safety planning, assessment of needs and individual support planning and implementation.

Many people often ask how we prove the effectiveness of multi agency training and the value of holding a network of thousands of Domestic Abuse Champions.

Our trustees decided that this needed valuation and called on an experienced independent researcher to conduct a study of our Champions  and their networks.

Here is a message for all our Champs in West Berks from the new lead in that area. RtR staff recently had the pleasure of meeting Jade. We wish her well in this important role and warmly welcome her to her local network of passionate Champions and trainers:

Hello DA Champions.

Having just received news from our good friends at Action on Elder Abuse, we wanted to share some with our readers:

Be there for a vulnerable older person who needs someone.

There are lots of ways to volunteer with us. You could listen to people needing support on our helpline, help update local social media, help out at events, help with admin or many other options.

BRAVE Group – Bracknell Starting January 2020

Are you working with an individual who has been a victim of domestic abuse and would benefit from support for their emotional well-being?

The Brave project provides therapeutic support to victims of domestic abuse with additional emotional or psychological difficulties in East Berkshire. We are now taking referrals for the group starting in January.

We were very grateful to one of our Champions (thanks Panda) for bringing this website to our attention. Basically it recommends apps to spy on your partner. We all need to get savvy about this technology and what is available to perpetrators of coercive control, as well as other types of abuses.

Alert! Girls from FGM-affected communities are at highest risk of cutting during long school holidays!