Early help and prevention service

    Family casework and domestic violence

    Domestic Violence and Abuse

    The Domestic Abuse Intervention and Prevention Team provide intensive help. This is for people at high risk of domestic abuse.

    It is often family members or close friends who can see when a relationship is not healthy. You might notice something doesn’t seem quite right.

    If you are experiencing domestic abuse or are worried about someone call 0300 123 7047, option 2. Speak to a professional in confidence.

    Help and advice is also available by visiting the Open the Door website.

    Or you can speak to a professional who is already supporting you. They will talk to you about making a referral.

    How we can help you

    An Independent Domestic Violence Advocate will talk to you in confidence. They will help you make a plan. They will talk about choices to help keep you safe.

    They will work closely with other partners to manage the behaviour of the perpetrator. They will offer advice and support for increased safety for you and your family. Other partners involved may include GPs, the police and local hospitals.

    Family Casework

    The family casework team help families with a range of needs. They work with parents and carers to bring together a timely package of support. The needs of the family may be complex. They could be impacting on the wellbeing of children and adults within the family.

    The team support families with complex issues including:

    • parents or children involved in crime or anti-social behaviour
    • children who have not been attending school regularly
    • children who need help
    • adults out of work or at risk of financial exclusion and young people at risk of worklessness
    • families affected by domestic violence and abuse
    • parents and children with a range of health problems

    How we can help you

    The team can help you achieve a happy family life. Some examples are by supporting with routines, home conditions, housing tenancy and/or child development.

    Caseworkers will work with your family to do an early help assessment. This is known as a Team Around the Family (TAF). This is a very supportive approach. It will make sure we can give the right support at the right time.

    Further information about Team Around the Family can found be on our website.

    If you feel you and your family need additional support and/or if you would like a Team Around the Family assessment speak to a professional who is already supporting you. This could be a health visitor, a housing officer, a youth worker or a school professional.