Job description: DVC at LB Islington
Areas of interest: Housing and homelessness – services for women with complex needs, Domestic abuse, Families and children – including relationships, Substance use, Women involved in the criminal justice system, Mental health and wellbeing, Childhood trauma – including being in care or childhood abuse, Employment and skills, Improving support for women involved in prostitution
Anne Clark's Recent Activity
"The Islington approach:
We have a VAWG Strategy and a VAWG Subgroup Strategy. We found that complex needs women were not represented at MARAC and when identified not engaging with traditional DV services. In addition, we have the problem of women in treatment services experiencing high level of violence with perpetrators also using treatment services. With the clients often having issues around offending, sex work, homelessness - street population, maintaining tenancy, mental health and poly drug use.
This is what we have done in the last 18 months to address the issues:
Improved Service Delivery Model
Bespoke Domestic Violence and MARAC Training for Treatment Service staff Monthly CAADA DASH RIC training for anyone in partnership.
Three treatment staff have completed CAADA IDVA training and are now specialist in their services and enables diffusion of skills and increased identification of cases.
DV and SM Perpetrator Pilot ( partnership CRANSTOUN/CASA and DVIP). First stage pilot completed 2011/12 and now secured funding to run again in 2013/14.
Development of ACTIV8 Pilot - delivered by Pillion Trust ( see attached presentation). Initially, the pilot was developed out of recognition that we have "revolving door" women in and out of prison, homeless, offending, various forms of VAWG and failing to complete rehab, and unable to sustain tenancy. Purpose of ACTIV8 is to ensure coordinated casework through intensive support, increased referral to MARAC, decreased offending. Improved identification of perpetrators and links to MAPPA.
Development of Perpetrator Working Group Development of VAWG Housing Subgroup TOR for VAWG and SM WG have been revised and is now Complex Needs Working Group with extended membership to include Mental Health and Adult Safeguarding.
CAADA Recommendations disseminated via Adult Safeguarding QA Group.
Needs Assessment on VAWG includes complex and multiple needs under equalities as multiple deprivation."
Reply To: Prevention and recovery from domestic abuse and sexual violence