Listening, understanding, practical help and support to break the cycle of domestic abuse. Those are the commitments at the heart of the new Safe in Salford service, a new domestic abuse support which launches in Salford today.
A new partnership of four charities launches today to provide domestic abuse services in Salford. The new service is funded jointly by Salford City Council, Salford NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Greater Manchester Police. Salford Foundation, Pankhurst Trust, TLC: Talk, Listen, Change and Trafford Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) have come together to create ‘Safe in Salford’. Services have previously been delivered separately and the new service will have a ‘one front approach’ so that support is delivered seamlessly. Safe in Salford will provide a range of complimentary services including support, group activities, safety planning and training for professionals. Collectively the four charities have over 140 years’ experience delivering services to people in Salford and the surrounding boroughs.
Independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs) will help people get to safety and rebuild their lives with a package of support from services and organisations. Advice and support sessions, often delivered by people who have lived with domestic abuse, will cover safety planning, practical, emotional, health, housing, welfare, debt and legal issues. Training for all GPs in Salford will continue to help them recognise domestic abuse, and quickly refer patients to specialist support. Support for children and young people affected by domestic abuse will help them form positive, healthy relationships. Support is also offered to young people displaying harmful behaviour in their own relationships. And group or one-to-one sessions with perpetrators will challenge them to address and change their behaviour.
Phil East, CEO of Salford Foundation said “I am delighted we are launching ‘Safe in Salford’ today, building on the different strengths and specialisms of our induvial charities. Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Salford, affecting people from all backgrounds and contributing to a wide range of harms, disadvantages and poor outcomes. Collectively, we are determined to create a step-change in tackling domestic abuse in Salford.”
Sam Fisher, CEO of TDAS said “We have designed Safe in Salford’ to be flexible and accessible, offering person-centred, trauma-informed safety and support. We will achieve this by working collaboratively with all our partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors. After a successful two years’ of supporting children and young people in Salford, we look forward to continuing to deliver the Harbour project and strengthening our relationships within the City to actively address domestic abuse enabling survivors to break free.”