Who do they work with?

Domestic Abuse Support Workers (DASW) work with women who have and or experiencing domestic abuse and violence.

Domestic Abuse Support Workers work with women sixteen years old and above.

You can self-refer into the DASW service if you want support, agencies can also refer in the service.

You will be contacted by a Domestic Abuse Support worker and they will discuss with you experience using the DASH risk assessment and explore what support you want.

What does the service provide?

The DASW services provide all women with 6 weeks of support then they will be a reviewed.

Types of interventions that are available to the DASW are for example:-

  • Discussing with you about the risk that you feel are present and completing a DASH risk assessment with you.
  • Creating a safety plan and support plan with you to support you and your children
  • Unpacking your experiences and providing information about domestic abuse and violence.
  • Equipping with you accurate information to inform your choices for you and your children.
  • Referral to other services, including mental health support, drug and alcohol, counselling and other NWAL services
  • DASW also offer three drops a week, one in Bassetlaw, one in Newark and one in Mansfield.
  • Freedom programmes are available in Bassetlaw, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood.

What can I expect if I am referred into DASW service?

You can expect from the DASW service;

  • A phone call from a specialist trained Domestic Abuse Support Worker to talk to you about what your experience is and what support you want soon after the referral has come into the service.
  • Confidential support where you are listened to and believed, where your feelings and experiences are discussed so the support worker can provide bespoke information and organise to ensure that all measures that you request are actioned before going to court.
  • Ongoing conversations where the DASW worker explains the court process and the multiple options that are available to you.
  • If you come to a drop in you will see a specialist worker who will listen to you and empower you to see choices and opportunities which will increase your safety and reduce the risk in a safe and confidential space.
  • If you come to a freedom programme you can expect a safe and proactive group setting which will enable you an ongoing opportunity to understand more about domestic abuse and violence whether you have experienced domestic abuse in the past or currently.
  • A greater understanding of domestic abuse and the various interventions that can be activated in the future.