SafeLives and West Sussex County Council have joined forces again to pilot a holistic approach to tackling domestic abuse. We are pleased to be working with our local partners The YOU Trust and Aurora New Dawn to deliver the pilot across West Sussex for the next 3 years.

This is one of two beacon sites of best practice with the other Connect pilot being delivered in Norfolk. Over the next three years, this new partnership will trial innovative approaches, creating a much needed national database to fill the gaps in the response to domestic abuse and amplifying the voices of those who are rarely heard.

The Connect partnership will focus on:

  • Support to stop situations escalating
  • Support for the complex needs many people have – often because of, or exacerbated by domestic abuse, such as substance misuse and mental ill health
  • Support for people who are still in their relationship or living with the perpetrator of abuse
  • Support for children and young people through specialist, age appropriate services
  • Support for survivors to recover from the harm, heal and build resilience

The Hampton Trust employ Engage Workers to provide direct support to perpetrators of domestic abuse.  Undertaking comprehensive individual and family assessments Engage Workers engage with perpetrators to assess their capacity and motivation for change. They will be working closely with Community IDVA’s, Children and Young People Workers and partner agencies to ensure a whole family approach that has effective safeguarding and risk management in place.

More information on Safelives Connect can be found here.

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