Norwich domestic abuse programme shortlisted
A local domestic abuse project of the UK charity Spurgeons, Norwich Connect, was recently shortlisted for an Early Intervention Award.
Much of the domestic abuse work in the UK supports the survivor at the point when they leave the relationship. But survivors of abuse are saying they want earlier intervention, as well as more support for their children and help to recover and move on with their lives.
Norwich Connect seeks to address these gaps in Norwich. It also works with perpetrators to help them change their abusive behaviour – at least in cases where families are still together, the victim wants to stay in the relationship and where it is safe to do so. The project ensures that children have a voice in helping the family move forward and has developed a peer support network for survivors.
Spurgeons Norwich Connect Service Manager, John Lee, said: “2020 was a year when we had to completely rethink how to safely support our clients, both in terms of the risk of Covid-19 and the risk posed by domestic abuse.”
The Norwich project was shortlisted from a pool of over 600 entrants. John Lee comments: “To even be shortlisted among the other five finalists was a fantastic recognition as it’s clear they each do vitally important work. It’s therefore a great credit to our team that the Norwich Connect project was ‘Highly Commended’, and we will continue to work hard to support the children and young people in Norwich affected by domestic abuse.”
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