Suffolk Domestic Abuse Champions Network needs you

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The search is on for volunteers to join a network of champions that will help spread the message of support for those experiencing domestic abuse.

The champions will be provided with FREE training to equip them with the skills to spread awareness and share information of where to go for support within their organisations and networks. The Suffolk Domestic Abuse Champions Network will offer Champions a variety of support, knowledge, multi-agency links as well as access to training and events.

What is the aim of the Champions?

  • To offer a consistent response to Domestic Abuse across Suffolk and support which is rooted in the community.
  • Champions will be confident in encouraging disclosures of abuse, they will respond in a professional manner giving people the tools to stay safe and get the right support promptly.
  • The Suffolk Domestic Abuse Champions Network is looking for people who are passionate about domestic abuse awareness raising and who are motivated to make changes. Champions will be able to recognise the signs and the impact, whilst understanding risk and offering basic safety advice.

Dr. Amanda Jones, Suffolk County Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“Many organisations struggle to support people experiencing Domestic Abuse and are sometimes not confident enough to talk to someone about it or encourage them to disclose.

“We would like Champions to offer consistent information, advice and support which will help to bring lasting positive changes for the victim. Reaching victims as early as possible can help prevent further harm.”

Ian Gallin, Chair of the Suffolk Safer and Stronger Communities Group, said:

“Public services partners across Suffolk have together funded this initiative as part of a joint priority to tackle domestic abuse.

“No one agency or project holds the solution which is why it needs to be a joint approach with the community, local networks, agencies and organisations where people may ask for help.

“That is why this initiative, which is rooted in the community, and the role of the trained champions across the county is so vital in helping to ensure that people are offered the right support at the earliest opportunity.”

Email dachampions@suffolk.gov.uk for more information and to register interest.