If your partner or ex-partner is attending one of our interventions, this free support service will be offered to you, though it’s up to you whether you want to accept this offer.
While you taking part does not directly benefit your partner, it will likely help you make sense of what you’ve experienced and it also helps us to assess whether perpetrators’ behaviours are really changing.
How it works
When your partner has been referred or referred themselves, we contact you by letter to tell you. Once they are assessed as suitable, we offer you support, either face-to-face or by phone, and this support will be available to you for up to six months after your partner leaves – for whatever reason – the programme. We will let you know if your partner or ex-partner fails to keep an appointment, is suspended or leaves the programme or if we have specific concerns about you or your children’s safety. If you are female, your support worker will be a woman.
Help geared to your needs
You might just want to talk things through or you might want more practical support or maybe you’d like to discuss how the abuse may have affected your children.
Your support worker will let you know what the programme is all about and what areas are discussed. You may have a lot of hope invested in your partner changing through this work and the support worker can help you to be realistic about what might change. You can also be helped through any set-backs and to consider how to prioritise your own well-being and safety and that of your children.
Other sources of help
To find out more about domestic abuse resources in your area go to the Domestic Violence UK website.