Our outreach services are always free
Community Based Services are provided within the following District and unitary
Harlow, Epping Forest, Uttlesford, East Hertfordshire, Broxbourne, Southend, Chelmsford,
Castlepoint, Rochford, Maldon, Braintree, Basildon and Brentwood. Community based services
in Colchester and Tendring are provided by Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge under a
sub contract to Safer Places.
Following an assessment by the Gateway a tailored package of support will be offered
which could include:
• Support from an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (High Risk)
• Support from a Domestic Abuse Practitioner (Medium Risk)
• Support from a trained volunteer (Standard Risk)
The support offered, at whichever level of risk will have the following core components:
Managing risk through agreeing safety plans which could include; Flagging the address on
police systems, “Target hardening” the property, preparing to leave safely, personal safety and alarms, ensuring safety online, safe child contact and implementing of civil orders.
Housing matters including housing rights, moving, approaching the council and bidding and
sustaining a tenancy.
Money issues such as support with accessing benefits, managing debt and budgeting.
Employability support in areas such as sustaining existing employment, preparing for work
and getting a job (we have an excellent partnership with Essex Job Centre Plus with clear
pathways for victims).
Mental and Physical Health issues support including initial assessment, referral to appropriate agencies, liaison and support to access other health services for the victim and their children.
Emotional Wellbeing support, including access to our programmes, counselling services and
emotional support including BIT (Brief Interventions Therapy) from Practitioners.
Support with children and parenting including engagement with children’s social services,
children’s centres, schools and other services.
Referral into a wide range of additional services provided either by Safer Places or by partner agencies.
My support worker was so kind, caring and understanding. She was very knowledgeable and was happy to help me with my debt problems and advice on housing. Her sense of humour kept me going and I shall miss her in a way. I’m glad I can come back if I need to. All the staff were brilliant. Thank God there’s somewhere for women to go like this. I only wish I’d known about it earlier. The police should be more forthcoming about Women’s Aid [Safer Places].