News from RtR

We are very pleased that we heard from two legal firms in Oxfordshire this week advising that they can now provide Legal Aid for Family Law cases and thus able to provide for domestic abuse cases. Both firms are now also listed on our Oxfordshire Home Page.


The first in a newly created firm in Abingdon


Boardman, Hawkins & Osborne LLP (BH&O)


This will be useful to anybody waiing for training to become a DA Champ in Bucks. Faye is our Chief Champ in the area and has booked some more dates for training. If you are waiting, and can make one of the following sessions- just email us to book a place.

There are the full list of dates for Bucks which still have places left:

Here is a message from our good friends at OAC


Welcome to the new academic year

We often gets requests for help with research into aspects of domestic abuse. If you have experience of attending MARACs, then we'd ask that you please consider supporting the following:

WHO AM I?

My name is Natalie Acheampong. I am a paralegal with a postgraduate degree in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Now I am a Tuwezeshe fellow, and I am emailing you regarding a project I am creating called ‘Track my MARAC.’  

We heard from our Chief DA Champion in West Berks this week; Chloe wanted us to know that they have just published their West Berks 2018 directory of DA services. 


This document is extremely useful for practitioners in the West Berks area; it advises on what is available locally and nationally in one document.

We heard from Pete Fox last week, a step father of one of our IDVA clients.

He wanted to raise funds for our IDVA team and the Salvation Army. Both organisations, he says, really transformed his step daughter's life and her journey out of domestic abuse. He is looking for sponsors for an incredible journey of his own!

Pete is  planning to cycle an extraordinary route, here is what he says:

The Reducing the Risk Champions' Network has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Partnership Working Award in The Children & Young People Now Awards 2018.

The Children & Young People Now Awards recognise projects and initiatives that improve the lives of children, young people and families. The awards are now in their thirteenth year and help raise the profile for projects such as ours.

The Reducing the Risk Champions Network strives to bridge the gap between agencies and to strengthen information sharing and networking between professionals who are all supporting victims of domestic abuse and their families. Therefore to have our hard work recognised by these awards is a real indication of what we have achieved thus far and we thank all our Champions for being part of our networks. Your support and dedication to Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse are what keep our networks thriving.

For more information about the awards, please see www.cypnawards.com 

The award ceremony will take place on November 21, 2018. Please keep your fingers crossed!

We just wanted to let all our DA Champions know that we very recently trained a fantastic new batch of Champion Trainers in Torbay in Devon.

This great group of trainers will soon be swelling the numbers of the new network across their area.

This is a very new approach for Devon but the training and concept were extremely well received by everyone there. Those of us who have enjoyed a network for some time already appreciate the benefits of belonging to DA Champions and it was brilliant to see it received so enthusiastically again.

Many thanks to Jason (Chief Champ in Torbay) and all his new trainers for their warm welcome. We feel that this group is destined for great success in spreading both awareness of DA and the benefits of a network for Champions and their agencies, as well as, above all, initiating a positive response for victims.

We have already started to receive applications for joining the Torbay network- if you have signed up, then we will be in touch very soon- once the training dates and venues are confirmed- watch this space.

The National Scrutiny Panels which look at MARACs have issued a number of guidance sheets, published by our friends at SafeLives.

If you are regularly involved in specific multi agency meetings for any of the following groups, we suggest you take a look:

One of our champions contacted us regarding an interesting date she'd been on. We asked her to summarise her experience to share some of early signs of a possible abusive relationship. Please read below:

So, I went on a date the other night. This guy wasn’t my type, his online profile showed posed pictures of perfect pecs and usually I would filter this type of profile out. But he was local and straight forward and didn’t play games. He was happy to meet me in a local pub and I felt I had nothing to lose, a drink and a laugh, why not?

When we met in real life, he was exactly as the photos suggested, muscly and attractive, great dress sense and expensive car. When we sat down in the pub the first thing he did was ask whether I’d seen his Instagram account, I told him no. So quick as a flash he whipped his phone out and began scrolling through and showing me endless pictures of him shirtless in front of a mirror, at the gym in front of a mirror, dressed and dapper… in front of a mirror. I rolled my eyes, I think I was meant to be impressed. He told me how there was so much I would find out about him as time would go on and he kept commenting on the connection between us. He kept talking about places he would take me and everything that was in store.

It was all very presumptuous for a first date, a tiny fraction of me felt flattered and maybe this is what its like when you meet someone who you instantly connect to? Maybe it is this instantaneous? Maybe you start talking about a life together and this intensity is what is to be expected when you meet your soulmate? These thoughts were fleeting and not based in reality. The reality was as soon as I thought the word ‘intense’ I remembered every article I’d ever read from survivors of abuse, about how it was intense and exciting when they first met their abusers, how they were so charming and seemed to have it all.

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