VAWG

Violence Against Women and Girls

PACT
(PARTNERS AND COMMUNITIES TOGETHER)

PACT (Partners and Communities Together) is a partnership meeting which gives residents of Wolverhampton an opportunity to regularly meet with their Neighbourhood Safety Coordinator, local policing staff and other local partners with the aim to tackle crime locally within their community.

The scheme provides local people with a practical way to influence what happens in their neighbourhood by working together to help determine local policing priorities.

At your local meeting you can:

- Help determine local priorities in your area

- Be informed on performance of  local policing

- Meet representatives from the police and council

- Receive feedback on previous priorities

- Raise issues and seek help on individual or community wide problems

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) encompasses:

Detailed information regarding these subject areas is available on the Safeguarding website: https://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/safeguarding-adults/i-work-with-adults-with-care-and-support-needs/violence-against-women-and-girls

VAWG has been cited as being perhaps the most pervasive violation of human rights across the globe.  These issues have devastating consequences for millions of victims and children. The subject title recognises the gendered nature of VAWG issues, in that the majority of victims are female, however the national and local VAWG strategies firmly acknowledge that there are female and male victims and perpetrators in heterosexual and same sex relationships, and services and responses are inclusive.

Wolverhampton’s Ending Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy 2016-2019

In Wolverhampton the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership (SWP) takes the strategic lead for the city’s collective response to VAWG.   Recognising that these issues overlap crime and community safety, adult and child safeguarding, public health, as well as societal issues in terms of community tolerance, SWP holds to account other strategic bodies for their areas of responsibility around VAWG issues.

SWP continues to work collaboratively with Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, a long-standing partnership organisation that brings together services to shape strategic responses and coordinate multi-agency delivery, in developing and driving the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy and Action Plan.

The VAWG strategy outcomes are to:

Key Action Areas towards achieving the outcomes:

To read the VAWG Strategy 2016-2019 please click here.

To read Wolverhampton’s Over-Arching Domestic Violence Protocol which outlines Wolverhampton’s approach to addressing domestic violence and abuse, including the building blocks that organisations have in place to enable safe responses to domestic violence and abuse please click here.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference

MARAC is a secure, confidential multi-agency process that identifies protective interventions for individuals and families. If you believe that a victim is at serious risk of harm due to Domestic Violence, please complete the MARAC Referral Form. A case can be referred to MARAC if:

MARAC is a secure, confidential multi-agency process that identifies protective interventions for individuals and families. If you believe that a victim is at serious risk of harm due to Domestic Violence, please complete the MARAC Referral Form. A case can be referred to MARAC if:

The MARAC Co-ordinator is Molly Gay 01902 554244 / molly.gay@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Click here for MARAC Referral Form

Once completed, please send your MARAC Referral Form electronically (in Word document format only) to the email address indicated by the email address you are sending from. This is to provide the highest level of protection for this highly sensitive information.

1. Sending from aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk, wolverhampton.gov.uk, wolverhamptonhomes.org.uk please send your completed MARAC Referral Form to marac@wolverhampton.gov.uk

2. Sending from gse.gov.uk, gsi.gov.uk, gsisup.co.uk, gsx.gov.uk, gcsx.gov.uk, pnn.gov.uk, pnn.police.uk, nhs.net, cjsm.net, cjsm.gov.uk, scn.gov.uk, please send your MARAC Referral Form to: marac@wolverhampton.gcsx.gov.uk

3. If sending from any other email address please send your referral encrypted to marac@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Empowering Communities

Orange Wolverhampton

www.orangewolves.net

The annual United Nations’ Orange the World campaign takes place over 16 days each year; between 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, and 10 December, UN Human Rights Day.

Organisations across Wolverhampton, from small community groups and charities to schools and large public-sector bodies including the City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Police, are asked to "Orange Wolverhampton" to raise awareness of all strands of gender-based violence primarily committed against women and girls, and also highlights the help and support that is available to victims in the City of Wolverhampton.

Activities include turning websites and social media channels orange, changing the colour of corporate logos, sharing key messages about the campaign with staff, customers and service users, lighting buildings orange, flying orange flags and more – organisers would like to see groups and organisations being inventive about what they can do using the colour
orange to raise awareness and more.

The Go Orange campaign is a great way for everyone to show we are committed to ending violence against women, men, girls and boys and highlighting where people can turn to if they are affected by the issue in any way.

To find out more about the Orange Wolverhampton campaign, please visit https://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/orange-wolverhampton-resources  

Information on the 2018 campaign coming soon.

Raising awareness of VAWG with newly emerging communities

A successful joint funding bid with the Clinical Commissioning Group, Wolverhampton DV Forum, and the Refugee and Migrant Centre has enabled the Domestic Violence Forum to raise awareness of the illegalities and long-term harms of VAWG with residents from newly emerging communities in the city.  
Resources in the form of key message leaflets, and emergency reporting cards are being provided to participants so that they can distribute them across communities.  The Refugee and Migrant Centre assist in raising awareness of how individuals can report and/or access help and support for VAWG issues, and accompany participants to meet with local Police.

Working with DV Perpetrators and Offenders

Wolverhampton has developed a risk-based stepped model of working with domestic violence perpetrators and offenders.  There are a number of behaviour change programmes available for domestic violence perpetrators depending on the level of risk posed.  

Training Provision

Wolverhampton DV Forum delivers free multi-agency and single agency training for Professionals and front-line staff in Wolverhampton across all of the strands of VAWG.  To book a place on the training sessions over the next quarter year, please click the appropriate link and select ‘attend event’:

Domestic Violence, Risk Assessment, MARAC, Safety Planning and Support:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/domestic-violence-risk-assessment-marac-safety-planning-and-support-registration-35917860287

Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse (please note the staff member needs to have completed the above session on DV before booking onto this one):
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coercive-control-and-domestic-abuse-tickets-36859796644

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forced-marriage-and-honour-based-violence-training-registration-35876137493

Female Genital Mutilation: Awareness Raising:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-genital-mutilation-awareness-raising-registration-35914652693

Rape and Sexual Violence:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rape-and-sexual-violence-available-to-professionals-in-wolverhampton-only-tickets-41109003135

Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme

The aim of the programme is to promote and increase the safety of Women and children. To work to build awareness, challenge beliefs and offer change of thoughts and behaviours, and alternative coping mechanisms with males who perpetrate domestic abuse including cohesive control.

The programme is delivered by qualified psychotherapists and psychologists to achieve positive outcomes for males and subsequently females and any children involved.

The programme is provided free of charge and referrals are accepted from agencies and those wishing to refer themselves into the programme.

Further information and referral forms can be found below:

FAQ’s Wolverhampton Community Domestic Violence Perpetrator Programme for professionals
My Time Wolverhampton Community DVPP Leaflet
Referral pathway DVPP WLV Community Leaflet

My Time wolverhampton Community DVPP professionals referral form
My Time wolverhampton Community DVPP self referral form

Contact information

Anyone worried about or suffering from any form of domestic violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour-based violence, or sexual violence can call the relevant helpline:
• The Haven Wolverhampton 24-hour Helpline for women and men on 08000194400
• National Domestic Violence helpline for women on 0808 2000 247
• National Domestic Violence helpline for men on 0808 8010327
• Wolverhampton Adults Social Care team on 01902 551199
• Wolverhampton Children's Social Care on 01902 555392
• NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550
• Karma Nirvana helpline for victims of so-called honour-based violence and
• Forced marriage 0800 5999 247.

In an emergency, always call police on 999

Listed below are details of some specialist organisations and other useful numbers to access support for Violence Against Women and Girls in Wolverhampton.

The Haven, Wolverhampton: is the main specialist domestic abuse service provider for women and men in Wolverhampton.  They offer a range of advice and support (eg with solicitors, at Court, or with housing), undertake safety planning, provide financial advice, emotional support, clarify options, and assist with accessing a refuge.  Translation and interpretation services are available.
Phone 24/7 08000 194 400
Email:  info@havenrefuge.org.uk
Website: www.havenrefuge.org.uk

Jericho House: provides refuge accommodation for women & children, and practical and emotional support on options available, and will signpost to other services.
Phone: 01902 421732
Email: info@jerichosociety.org.uk
Website: www.jerichosociety.org.uk/wolverhampton/

National Domestic Violence 24 hour Advice-line run by Women’s Aid: provides advice, support, and signposting to women victims of domestic abuse.
Phone: 0808 2000 247
Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk
Website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/helpline/

Men’s Advice Line provides advice & support for men experiencing domestic abuse.
Phone: 0808 801 0327
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Website: http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/

The Mankind Initiative: assists male domestic abuse victims to access a refuge.
Phone: 0870 794 4124 Weekdays 10am to 4pm
Website: http://www.mankind.org.uk/

RESPECT: is a national membership organisation that develops, delivers, and supports services - for male and female perpetrators of domestic violence, young people who use violence and abuse at home and in their relationships, and for male DV victims.
Address: Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4LT
Phone: 0808 802 4040
Website: http://respect.uk.net/


Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum (WDVF) coordinates a multi-agency Executive Board that develops successive 3 year VAWG Strategies, delivers and performance manages preventative action plans, and leads on public awareness raising campaigns.  WDVF oversees MARAC and Independent DV/SV Adviser arrangements for victims at high risk of serious harm and in sexual violence cases, providing specialist support in criminal and civil courts. VAWG trainers provide multi-agency and bespoke training sessions across sectors including a project for GPs.
Phone: 01902 550052
Email: wdvf@wolverhampton.gov.uk

The West Midlands Sexual Assault and Referral Centre (SARC) provides women, men, children and adolescents who have experienced rape and sexual assault within the West Midlands with crisis support and advice, and forensic services if appropriate, to assist in their recovery.  
Address: Horizon SARC, 2 Ida Road Walsall WS2 9SR
Phone: 0808 168 5698
Email: enquiries@horizonsarc.org.uk
Website: http://www.horizonsarc.org.uk/

Karma Nirvana: is a national organisation based in Leeds providing advocacy support to professionals and victims of forced marriage and honour based violence.  They also provide education, training, and roadshows raising awareness.
Phone: 0800 5999247
Email: info@karmanirvana.org.uk  
Website: https://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/  

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB): offers support and guidance, debt advice, and independent legal advice including for domestic violence situations.
Phone: 01902 572211.  
Address: 26 Snow Hill, Wolverhampton, WV2 4AD; William Leigh House 15 Walsall Street Bilston, Wolverhampton,WV14 0AT
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Wolverhampton Relate provides face to face relationship and family counselling, domestic violence and abuse counselling, and telephone counselling.
Address: 346 Newhampton Road East, Wolverhampton, WV1 4AD
Phone: 01902 428447
Email: admin@relate-wolverhampton.org.uk
Website: www.relate-wolverhampton.org.uk


Base 25 is a young person information and advice centre offering a daily drop in service and a range of targeted and specialist projects including anger management programmes for under 16's, counselling and crisis counselling, empowerment sessions for young people at risk or who are being sexually exploited, a programme to challenge violence or controlling behaviour in the family homes, etc.
Address: Castle House, Wheeler's Fold, Wolverhampton WV1 1HN
Phone: 01902 572040
Website: youthlink.btck.co.uk/


Wolverhampton Homes - Housing Outreach Team provides floating support services to a wide range of people including older people, those with a disability, an addiction, and/or mental ill health, young people, women affected by domestic violence and people renting in the private sector. The Housing Outreach Team will support all those who have a housing support need.
Phone: 01902 556789
Email: housing.outreach@wolverhampton.gov.uk
Website: www.wolverhamptonhomes.org.uk


Wolverhampton Homes Supported Emergency Accommodation: can assist with refuge accommodation, and provides a safe supportive environment.
Phone: Office hours 01902 554747; Out of office hours - 01902 552999

Accord Housing Association provides floating support services to a wide range of people, intended to help people maintain their tenancy and independence. Accord will support all with a housing support need.
Address: 3 Wellington Road, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 6AA
Phone: 0300 111 7000
Website: www.accordha.org.uk

Bromford Housing Group provides floating support services to a wide range of people including those with mental ill health, and young families. Bromford will support all those who have a housing support need.
Address: Bromford, Venture Court, Broadlands, Wolverhampton, WV10 6TB
Phone: 03301234034
Website: www.bromfordgroup.co.uk

Heantun Housing Association provides floating support services to a wide range of people in Wolverhampton, including people with a learning disability, mental ill health, older people from black or minority ethnic groups, offenders and young families. Heantun will support all those who have a housing support need.
Address: 3 Wellington Road, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 6AA  
Phone: 01902 571100
Website: www.heantun.co.uk


Midland Heart provides floating support services to young people and people with mental ill health.
Mental Health: Address: 5(a) Hinks Street, Ettingshall, Wolverhampton, WV2 2JZ  Phone: 01902 459070
Young People: Address: 1(a) First Avenue, Low Hill, Wolverhampton, WV10 9SA
Phone: 01902 736772  
Website: http://www.midlandheart.org.uk

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