Family Casework and domestic violence and abuse
Domestic Violence and Abuse Team
The Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA) Team support people affected by domestic violence and abuse.
Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members (mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related in-laws or step family regardless of gender or sexuality). This can encompass but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.
Accessing the service
If you are worried about your safety or the safety of your children there are a number of ways you can seek help. Details of people who can help are available below.
Speak to a professional who is already supporting you and they will discuss making a referral. You can also contact the Domestic Violence and Abuse Team below.
Family Casework Team
The family casework team provide early help for people needing support with family life. This can include help supporting adults affected by domestic violence and abuse, victim support for people at risk of domestic abuse, support packages for children who have witnessed domestic abuse, support with health concerns, emotional health and wellbeing support, support for young carers, housing support, supporting people back into work with training and work experience and benefit claim advice.
Family caseworkers use a Team Around the Family assessment to find out about the strengths in your family, any extra support your family may need and the best way to help you with this.
TAF is voluntary and you and your child(ren) can choose to be involved. With your agreement a professional will arrange some time to talk to you and will make a TAF plan or your family. The plan will bring together everyone who is, or should be, working with your family to provide you with the most support. Regular meetings will be arranged for everyone involved to look at how the plan is working and if changes are needed.
Further information about Team Around the Family can be found below.
Accessing the service
If you feel you and your family need additional support and/or if you would like a Team around the Family assessment please speak to a professional who is already supporting you. For example this could be a health visitor, a professional from school, a youth worker or a housing officer.