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Jun 24, 2019

Staying Put and partners create One Front Door - for all domestic and sexual abuse survivors

The Yorkshire-based charity Staying Put and sister organisation DVS are joining forces with Family Action and WomenCentre to create a one-stop-shop for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.

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The new consortium will transform services in Bradford and the surrounding area, providing early intervention and prevention, specialist work with children and young people, recovery and confidence building and packages of practical and emotional support, and access to high quality crisis support, accommodation and housing.

Families struggling with abuse will receive help for parents, carers, children and young people.

The consortium is being funded by the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Bradford Clinical Commissioning Groups over five years at £1,572,841 per annum.

Yasmin Khan, CEO of Staying Put, said: “We’re delighted that our consortium has been given the green light to transform services for people experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence.

“We will now be able to provide a single point of contact for all victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse.

“Together, we will ensure we can meet families’ needs in a holistic way, ensuring every survivor of domestic and sexual abuse, and their family, receives the right response at the right time, to make them safe and help them move forward with their lives.”

David Holmes CBE, Chief Executive, Family Action, said: “We are delighted to become partners with Staying Put, DVS and WomenCentre to form One Front Door. Collectively we bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to working together with our new colleagues to support families affected by domestic and sexual violence.”

Angela Everson, CEO of WomenCentre, said: “We have worked closely with Staying Put and Keighley DVS over many years and now also welcome the opportunity to work alongside Family Action too. This new contract will allow us to continue to offer work with perpetrators of domestic abuse in Bradford and to build on the work that has been developing. We also welcome the opportunity to offer counselling services as part of this contract on behalf of the consortium.”

Staying Put is a domestic violence/abuse charity based in Bradford, which has been running for 18 years and works across West and South Yorkshire with services in Barnsley and Sheffield. Together with its sister organisation, DVS, based in Keighley, the charity supports women, men and children who are victims/survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Staying Put has also recently launched a new service, Affordable Legal Services @ Staying Put, offering legal advice to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse who are not eligible for legal aid. The scheme has been funded by West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Family Action is a national charity which supports around 45,000 people every year through over 140 community based services. The charity has provided help and support since 1869 with issues such as mental health and wellbeing, behavioural issues and parenting challenges, family conflict and domestic abuse, social isolation, poverty, addiction and much more. It is committed to building stronger families and brighter lives by delivering innovative and effective services and support. It seeks to empower people and communities to address their issues and challenges through practical, financial and emotional support.

Family Action currently delivers a range of services across the Bradford District, including Trauma Informed Therapeutic Services for children and families who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual abuse and bereavement, Perinatal Peer support, and  Welfare Advice. The charity also runs FamilyLine – a helpline that provides assistance for families via telephone, text and email.

WomenCentre has been running for 30+ years working across Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford. They have been delivering domestic abuse services in Calderdale for 20 + years and their work with perpetrators has been ongoing for 10+ years. As an organisation they also have a long track record of delivering counselling services for victims /survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

In West Yorkshire, between November 2016 and October 2017 there were 56,421 domestic related incidents reported – an average of 154 a day.

Staying Put Freephone helpline is open Monday to Friday, 0808 2800999.

The National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.