Find out how you can help and support the domestic abuse charities and refuges in your area.
How to support local domestic abuse charities and refuges
In addition to raising awareness and keeping in regular contact with vulnerable members of your parish, you can also practically support local organisations and refuges by collecting and delivering donations for women, men and children living in refuges and other safe locations.
There are six steps to setting up a local parish domestic abuse support project.
A note on safety and confidentiality
Given the vulnerability of the women and the secrecy of the location involved in work to combat the scourge of domestic abuse, the safe recruiting of volunteers and confidentiality is a crucial necessity.
For more information on DBS checking, please visit catholicsafeguarding.org.uk
1. Finding a team leader
It is important that this project is led by someone or a small team of people who can commit time and effort to make it successful.
A good team leader will need to:
It may be that there is someone who already has knowledge of local domestic abuse services, for example through being in the local SVP, which would also be useful. However, existing local knowledge is not essential as there is information below about how to find your local services.
2. Partnering with local domestic abuse services
A project like this needs to be conducted in close partnership with your local domestic abuse service which will be able to provide guidance and information on what the specific local needs are and how you can contribute.
Finding a local domestic abuse charity or organisation:
Key questions to ask local organisations:
3. What can we donate?
When you have spoken to the local domestic abuse service, make a list of the items they would like to be donated. Please only list items which the service has specifically requested.
4. How can we donate?
You will need to nominate one person in your team to be the drop-off point for parishioners who wish to donate and who will also then deliver the donations to the local service. Due to the current Covid-19 situation, it is crucial to maintain social distancing measures and collect and deliver donations in a safe way.
A suggested procedure for doing this could be:
5. How can we deliver donations?
When the drop-off person has collected the donations, they will need to deliver them in a safe way to the local domestic abuse service you are supporting. Your local domestic abuse service will tell you exactly how and how often they would like this to happen, and so please follow their instructions closely.
6. How can we make parishioners aware of the parish domestic abuse project?
Now that you have a procedure for how to support your local domestic abuse service during Covid-19, you will need to notify your parishioners about the project.
Here are a few suggestions for how you can let parishioners know about the project: