News from RtR

Nick Gazzard

With Father's Day fast approaching, we felt it appropriate to ask Nick Gazzard for his feelings. We often forget about those who have their family murdered and how they cope with such occasions each year. Nick very sadly lost his daughter a couple of years ago to DA. His reaction to her murder has been inspirational and in her honour, he set up the Hollie Gazzard Trust and now works for the benefit of other victims like Hollie. 

Julie Summers

Julie Summers, the biographer and historian who wrote Jambusters - the book about the WI during the Second World War that inspired the hit ITV series Home Fires - writes for Reducing the Risk about the true stories of wartime and postwar domestic abuse that she uncovered during her historical research, and how she and show creator Simon Block felt it was important to incorporate this theme into the series.

We do already have DA Champions across Health agencies in Oxfordshire but Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) wanted to increase their numbers quickly. They kindly allowed us to run a DA Champion course specifically designed for staff in the Trust. We completed the two days training this week with a fantastic and vibrant group of people which included nurses, matrons, doctors, administrators, managers and a Unison rep too.

It's All About ME

We'd just like to take this opportunity to thank the staff and clients of a very friendly hairdresser in Banbury. It's All About ME wanted to do something for Reducing the Risk and took the initiative. They have started collecting toiletries from customers that will be very useful to some of our IDVA clients.

The goods raised will go towards helping support victims of domestic abuse in Oxfordshire and we're very grateful — many thanks to you.

Dear Oxfordshire Champions,

I’m Abi Wycherley, the Violence against Women and Girls Coordinator at Oxfordshire County Council. This is a brand new post, and one I really believe in. As the VAWG Coordinator I will be working alongside the Oxfordshire Safer Communities partners to ensure we have an effective and coordinated approach to VAWG across Oxfordshire, in support of the national action plan. In order to achieve this I’m working closely with Sarah Carter on the Domestic Abuse Strategic Review. We’ve had some brilliant meetings and are really grateful for the time and support from everybody involved so far. The review is progressing well and we will be sending out an update soon.

Dear Champions,

I would like to introduce myself as the new Strategic Lead for Domestic Abuse for Oxfordshire County Council. This is a newly created post and as such I am very pleased and privileged to be taking on this new and critical role. I am already aware that the Champions network in Oxfordshire is an excellent model of good practice in domestic abuse and I intend to become a Champion myself in the next few weeks.

From Eddie Fitzpatrick, Policy Development Officer - Partnerships & Commissioning:

I wanted to take a moment to update you with regard to where we are with understanding the landscape of current counselling provision and the identified gaps and how our commissioning is seeking to respond to this. It has been decided to develop a “Counselling Hub” during an initial 12 month pilot period with myself as “Manager”. In order to facilitate development of the knowledge and processes required of the Hub, the OPCC who is directly funding this has agreed to support the Hub Manager through a host organisation which can provide suitable practical expertise and clinical knowledge required to inform development of this service.