Community Advocacy Support

Every woman and child who experiences domestic violence has different needs. Not all victims wish to access refuge accommodation as some choose to stay in their own homes or find alternative accommodation elsewhere.

The Haven Wolverhampton Community Advocacy Team provides support to those who wish to remain living independently in the community. The team is made up of highly skilled support workers who are able to help clients devise safety plans, progress housing applications, access to external community support services and provide assistance with taking cases through the criminal justice system. This service also utilises the skills of Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) who are able to obtain injunctions and protection orders to ensure the safety of clients. The Community Advocacy Team has strong and positive contacts with key organisations throughout Wolverhampton, working alongside them to help women and children cope with situations which they may find difficult to resolve alone.

One of the key aims of the Community Advocacy Team is to empower female adult survivors through effective emotional support. The team work with clients to build trusting and professional relationships which women to move forward with their lives.

The Haven Wolverhampton Community Advocacy Support Team offers:

  • Assistance with establishing personal safety and security
  • Assistance in setting up and maintaining a tenancy
  • Information and support on housing rights and responsibilities
  • Information and support on welfare benefits, including how to access grants and loans
  • Assistance with accessing community services
  • Assistance in accessing legal advice and support with court appearances
  • Advice on training, volunteering and employment opportunities
  • Support to build self-confidence and social skills
  • Supporting skills development including budgeting, bill-payments and personal management

The Community Advocacy Team also deliver ‘drop in’ sessions which allow you to book 30 minute support sessions with a member of the team where you can discuss your experiences. We also provide access to Legal Advice drop in sessions where you can discuss legal matters with Solicitors from recognised firms across Wolverhampton. These sessions are designed to provide you with a brief and concise level of support.

Women are able to access the Community Advocacy service subject to meeting The Haven's eligibility criteria.

To make an enquiry about accessing support from the Community Advocacy Team call The Haven Wolverhampton 24 Hour helpline on 08000 194 400 or email ct1@havenrefuge.org.uk

 

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