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Dumbarton District Women's Aid - £5000

megyntyrell megyntyrell  •  2021-03-17  •  West Dunbartonshire  • 

Investment project code: 108

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Dumbarton District Women's Aid is a grass roots movement providing trauma informed support to women, children and young people experiencing domestic abuse. Our service operates an open referral system meaning individuals can contact us directly to seek support. We provide refuge accommodation for up to 10 families within our refuge provision, drop in service, counselling service & within school settings, prevention work within schools (early & further education), outreach support to wcyp, follow on support to wcyp moving on from refuge to their new homes, therapeutic activities for wcyp, participation in local violence against women partnership. DDWA is a SCIO with a Management Board structure who meet every 6-8 weeks. We are based in Alexandria / Dumbarton area - our refuge address is confidential. DDWA also provide IDAA (Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy) support to individuals living in West Dunbartonshire and experiencing domestic abuse who are at the highest risk of harm / domestic homicide. Advocating for the rights of wcyp and ensuring their voices are heard is at the core of our service.

What will you use the money for?: During COVID-19 pandemic, women children and young people have experienced increased isolation and vulnerability within their homes, leading to increased reporting of domestic abuse to Police Scotland. Some perpetrators of domestic abuse continue to disregard bail conditions and court undertakings not to approach or contact their victim - many feel a hostage in their own home, too scare to leave their home for shopping or to attend appointments for fear their abuser will cause damage to their home or stalk their home, break in as many have threatened. For many of the wcyp in our service, they tell us of their anxieties, sleep deprivation attributed to not feeling safe within their own homes. During COVID-19 lockdown from March to August 2020, our service referred 31 women and 39 children and young people to WDC homeless as they did not feel safe to live in their own homes due to threat and fear of domestic abuse. Our project is to provide additional support to women, children and young people through the provision of home safety equipment such as Ring Doorbell, CCTV camera, Personal Safety Alarms, Mobile Phone / new sim cards, phone credit, Wifi Routers & data.

Who will benefit from this money?: Women, children and young people accessing our service who are experiencing domestic abuse - age groups are unlimited. The funding would form part of active safety planning and risk management to assist wcyp to live in safely in their own homes. CCTV and ring doorbells capture video images, alert the resident when there is movement at their door, and is recordable therefore can form part of evidence within criminal proceedings when an individual commits a criminal act and/or breaches bail conditions - thus avoids the need for corroboration from a third party which is mostly never available. This also allows wcyp to phone police at the earliest opportunity in the hope Police will be able to apprehend the perpetrator. For the women, children and young people who we have been able to provide security devices such as these, their feedback has been 100% positive. Police and housing will approach our service to make referrals for wcyp they have encountered who are experiencing domestic abuse and where the provision of additional security would make significant difference. Having a stock of security equipment / devices would assist with early effective safety responses to wcyp.  

Proposed on behalf of: Dumbarton District Women's Aid - £5000

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