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Press release: Charity Awards shortlist nomination for Safer Places – 2017


15th May 2017

We are delighted to announce the Charity Awards 2017 have shortlisted Safer Places in the category of Social Care, Advice and Support for the Daisy Project. The Charity Awards, which announced its shortlist on 10th May 2017, is the charity world’s longest-running, and most prestigious awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding or innovative work that other organisations can learn from.

The ten category winners, plus the recipients of the Overall Award for Excellence and the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement, will be announced at a black tie dinner on 8 June, held in the grounds of the Tower of London.

The evening will be hosted by BBC presenter Louise Minchin, who will be joined by representatives of the shortlisted charities, as well as leaders from Britain’s best known and best loved charities.

Safer Places have been shortlisted for the innovative Daisy Project which is delivered in partnership with Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust.  The Daisy project, led by a team of Safer Places IDVAs working within the hospital, alongside their clinical colleagues, identifies and provides support to potential victims of domestic violence when they present at the emergency or maternity departments. The project was developed in 2012 following the tragic murder of Estyne Blunnie and her unborn daughter by her ex- partner who had a history of violence; he was later convicted of Murder and imprisoned for 27 years.

Our priorities are to ensure all clinical staff are trained to identify domestic abuse and to promote routine screening to all patients attending. Daisy has continued to encourage and give opportunities to those experiencing domestic abuse to make disclosures by ensuring hospital staff have the confidence and knowledge to respond appropriately and a clear internal pathway to a Domestic Abuse Specialist for ongoing crisis support. Princess Alexandra Hospital also became a J9 centre, joining the Essex wide disclosure initiative, which identifies safe places to disclose abuse and receive support and advice.  Personal tailored safety plans are given to each client, this improves their emotional and physical wellbeing, addressing vulnerabilities and building strengths to prevent re victimisation. In total, over a three year period, 1566 clients have had personal plans which have improved their confidence and wellbeing to make positive choices and decisions for their futures.

DAISY continues to recruit and train Domestic Violence Champions within a wide range of clinical settings.

The work achieved in partnership with the NHS has meant that those attending PAH have a greater opportunity  to disclose that they are being abused and to be supported appropriately and safely. Following the success of the Daisy Project funding has been secured to deliver this service within Broomfield and Southend hospitals.

Janet Dalrymple, CEO Safer Places commented ‘we are all thrilled to be shortlisted for this award as we are of the service which has enabled us to reach so many hidden victims of domestic abuse who previously would have suffered in silence . As in every area of our work partnership working is critical to delivering the best possible service to victims and their children and we want to thank our partners at Princess Alexandra Hospital for their commitment.  This has meant we have been able to identify, make safe and support so many people, young and old, whose lives, safety and future prospects were blighted by abuse’.

For further information please contact Lyn Kitteridge, Project Manager:

Tel: 08450 743216 ext. 1009