The partnership approach taken by the Pathway project has significantly improved the outcomes for victims and their children by ensuring effective information sharing, clear referral routes and a shared understanding/common language across a range of statutory and voluntary sector partners.
Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support (DAAS Service)
The DAAS service consists of two adult advocates, a service manager and a service administrator and is a specialist service, designed to provide short-term crisis intervention and support to both male and female high risk victims of domestic abuse. Victims and their families are supported following the initial incident through risk assessment, safety planning, any court proceedings and are referred on to support services, such as the DACS service. All adult victims who have children are offered the DACS Children and Young People’s service. The main activity is the provision of advocacy and the management of risk.
Domestic Abuse Community Support Service (DACS)
CHILDREN1st deliver the Domestic Abuse Community Service (DACS) offering medium to long term practical and emotional support to those victims of domestic abuse who are assessed as not at high risk of further abuse – both male and female. This is delivered out in Scottish Borders communities and provides specialist workers for both adults and children.
Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery (CEDAR) group work programme
CEDAR is a 12 week concurrent group work programme for children and their mothers to support their recovery from domestic abuse. Families taking part should be living in a safe place with low risk of further incidents of domestic abuse. Seventeen volunteer co-facilitators from eight partner agencies support the delivery of groups.