West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support, known as The Freedom Project for its day-to- day work, was set up initially to provide counselling/support to adult victims of domestic abuse in West Cumbria (Allerdale and Copeland). Over the years the scope of our work has expanded in response to needs identified by both clients and public agencies such as Children's Services, Health and the Police. This saw us beginning to work with perpetrators from 2003 and children from 2010.
Our mission is to help stop domestic abuse in West Cumbria through the following objectives:
- Supporting survivors to move on, equipped with the resilience and skills to avoid future abusive relationships
- Help perpetrators to change their behaviour so that they cease to abuse
- Act as an advocate so that domestic abuse is kept high on the political agenda
- Work with partners agencies to promote better integrated services to victims and perpetrators.
Our main services are delivered through the Freedom Project, which consists of:
- a rolling programme of group sessions with adult victims/survivors;
- a rolling programme of group sessions for children (primary age and under)
- a rolling programme of group sessions for older children/young people (secondary age up to 18)
- one-to-one individual counselling for victims, perpetrators, children/ young people
We provide a Helpline and offer practical support to victims- such as helping them access statutory services - through our team of volunteers. Staff /counsellors attend Multi-Agency case conferences with other agencies where appropriate.
When we attend MARAC meetings we report on if any named persons are known to us, who attended counselling, provide brief information about the dates and number of sessions attended.