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.
Are you a part of the Domestic Abuse Champion network in Oxfordshire? Have you been waiting patiently to become trained as a DA Champ? The wait is over!
The original two day training has now been broken down into modules for Oxfordshire. We will still retain the administration of our network but the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board is administering these new modules. You will need to sign up for the relevant modules (which are still free) by visiting the OSAB training website. Once the DA Champion training module is completed, we will add the requisite access to your account on our website.
Aylesbury Vineyard Church's Storehouse project is changing the way in which it supplies furniture to its clients. Any client who requires furniture (this does not include Grow Baby items or any other services) will now need a completed referral form, which can be obtained by emailing the Storehouse office, and only fully completed application forms sent back via email will be processed. Please note that a completed application form will not automatically qualify your client for Storehouse furniture; upon receipt Storehouse will endeavour to confirm your client's eligibility within 5 working days. If approved they will need to attend Storehouse in the usual way during normal opening hours.
A reminder to our Champions and supporters that Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, has a domestic abuse helpline (0800 999 5428) open from 10.00 -17.00 on weekdays (with late opening until 20.00 on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and also offers support by email or website. Nikki Nathan (email@example.com, pronouns; they/them/their) is the new Galop National LGBT+ DVA caseworker and is doing a lot to publicise Galop's services.
Flag DVis a legal advice group offering free 30 minute appointments (telephone consultation or face to face) for victims of domestic abuse across Thames Valley. The types of referrals they would expect to receive is where knowledge and advice is required about divorce or separation, child custody or residency, applications for legal aid, applications for non-molestation orders, occupational orders or forced marriage protection orders, financial matters, understanding of general court proceedings. See full article for details of how to refer clients or contact Louisa Fidler, who is one of our DA Champions.
SafeLives are making a short film to combat the silence experienced by survivors, to challenge stigma and to show that there is life after domestic abuse, and are aking for help from individuals and partner organisations. They are asking survivors to submit short selfie videos of themselves to show that there is no ‘typical’ survivor. As with anything that gets put on the internet, they can’t guarantee where it will end up, so be aware of that before deciding to take part.
Reducing the Risk has an exciting new vacancy for a Business Manager. This is a new post for us which brings opportunity for the appointee to establish and develop their role. The Business Manager will hold a financial overview, and have a significant responsibility for revising and refreshing our business plan with us and marketing our business. They will work closely with the Chair and report quarterly to the trustees. Click through to learn more, or pass the link to someone you think might be interested.
Reducing the Risk has an exciting new vacancy for a Training & Development Officer. The post provides a significant opportunity to enhance our community’s capacity to tackle abuse and ultimately to make a difference to the lives of victims and their children. Click through to learn more, or pass the link to someone you think might be interested.
Tickets are now on sale for the SAFE! Conference – Interrupted Childhood: Exploring Young Experiences of Domestic Abuse
This one day conference on Monday 17 June at Oxford Town Hall will bring together multi-agency professionals to consider the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people, and explore practical responses and evidenced based approaches.
A range of academics, practitioners and experts by experience will lead presentations and workshops covering:
The impact of growing up with domestic abuse
Understanding Child on Parent Violence – plus practical ways to respond
Parenting after abuse – supporting parents to help their children
Promoting a trauma informed approach to experiences of abuse in childhood
Launching a multi-agency consultation on peer on peer abuse in the Thames Valley
Broken hearted – combating abuse in teenage relationships
Full list of speakers and workshops to follow soon.
Delegate fee of £65 (plus booking fee) includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. To secure your place please follow the link through Eventbrite Website