Anita from Communities, Health & Adult Social Care has been in touch to let us know that the county’s Domestic Violence & Abuse Needs Assessment is now live. If you have used any of their services to support a victim or perpetrator, child or adult then they want to hear from you. Your experience will help them understand which areas need improvement and how. Please take a few minutes to complete their anonymous survey before July 31, 2019.
Louisa Fidler (one of our Champions) would like us to tell you all about some new developments at Flag DV. From June 14, 2019, they stopped accepting paper or scanned versions of their old referral form and have replaced it with an online digital version which is located on every page of their website (www.flagdv.org.uk). All self referring clients and professional referrals made with the consent of the client must now complete this digital form to access free legal advice.
UK Says No More, in partnership with Stay Safe Global, are undertaking a national survey that will enable them to understand how men can play an active role in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. We ALL have a role to play in ending domestic abuse and sexual violence. Why not voice your thoughts? The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous. It will be open until the beginning of August.
Girls and women can suffer many forms of harm in the name of "honour" and Oxford Against Cutting is now tackling forced marriage, as well as female genital mutilation. In some communities these issues are interlinked, with girls being cut so they are "ready" to marry, before they finish their education. OAC now offers workshops for teachers and students on female genital mutilation (FGM), honour-based abuse and forced marriage, and body image (including FGM and female cosmetic genital surgery).
Rachel, our Chief Champ in Slough, has sent through training dates for a one day training in November 2019 for practitioners interested in learning more about Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage and the challenge practitioners face around the complexity of this subject. This training covers Slough, RBWM and Bracknell and is based at Maidenhead Town Hall. The sign up process is through ‘Achieving for Children’ training website and registration is required. Based on the success of this training they will be providing a community version of this training as a workshop in February 2020 and would be keen to work with any community based groups in the delivery of this.
It's official at last — we are a wonderful organisation!
Well, we are at least now registered on the Wonderful website. Wonderful allow us to take online donations and retain all that you donate. As well, it allows people to create fundraising pages if they plan to shave their head or climb Everest and raise funds for us, also without fees.
Donations help us continue to provide services and support to our networks as well as supporting us in new initiatives, such as modules for specific areas or a Champion Refresher module (which is in the pipeline). Donations also help us ensure that Champions of Domestic Abuse do not need to pay, because they take on such an essential role in their agency.
We wanted to share this message of a new, innovative but essential new service for parents in North Oxfordshire. Bicester Baby Bank is a new voluntary association, grown from the love and dedication of families wanting to help other local families in Bicester and the surrounding areas. The baby bank relies on donations of good, clean clothing and equipment for babies and children up to the age of five. Volunteers use the donations to create bundles for families referred by Health Visitors, community support workers, social services, schools and other agencies.
The Chief Champ in our Torbay network, Jason, wants to direct the attention of Torbay Champions to some new resources. Torbay has an amazing local website with some informative resources and these are no exception.
TALK Toolkitshas been designed to encourage discussion and raise awareness of various themes associated with domestic abuse. Some of them are intended to be a practical resource and others can be used in a school or group setting. They can also be used to promote healthy discussion at home with your children when an abusive relationship has ended. All the toolkits are free to download.
We want to introduce you to a specialist national service for the UK. Opoka (Polish for rock) helps and supports Polish women and their children who suffering the consequences of domestic abuse and who may not know who to turn to, or how and where to seek help. They recognise that in the Polish community there is a huge problem with domestic abuse and a well-ingrained culture of victim-blaming and a “No Talk Rule!”, where Polish women can be left feeling extremely isolated and powerless.