There are many different types of support available to those who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault.
Bright Sky – Domestic Abuse App
Hestia’s mobile application Bright Sky provides your nearest support service, which you can search for by area, postcode, or using GPS. The app also provides advice on how to help a friend or family member experiencing abuse, as well as a questionnaire to determine whether you may be in an abusive relationship. Find out more about Bright Sky on the Get Help page.
A refuge is emergency accommodation for women and children who need to flee their homes due to the abuse that they are experiencing, you can contact the Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge on 0808 2000 247.
Refuges have a specialist staff team of refuge case workers who will help families by offering emotional and practical support so that they can recover from their trauma. Many refuges have a children and families worker, whose sole focus is the wellbeing of the children in the refuge. Find out about Hestia and their domestic abuse refuges across London.
– Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service
Independent domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) provide practical and emotional support to both male and female victims of domestic abuse. The support is tailored to individual needs and is aimed at reducing risk and minimising harm through personalised safety plans.
The IDVA’s are trained specialists who have extensive knowledge of the criminal justice system, civil court system and local services.
– Independent Sexual Violence Advocates
Independent Sexual Violence Advocates (ISVAS) provide practical and emotional support to both male and female victims of sexual violence.
The ISVA’s are trained specialists who have extensive knowledge of the impact of sexual violence on a victim, the criminal justice system and specialist sexual violence support services such as:
- The Havens in London
- Rape Crisis England, Wales and Scotland
- In Northern Ireland The Rowan 24 hour advice and information line on 0800 389 4424.
Hestia’s Butterfly Project & other community based support groups
Hestia has developed an award winning community based peer mentoring programme, called the Butterfly Project. The drop in support group is for any women who are or have experienced domestic abuse, regardless of when in their lives they experienced the abuse.
Each session is run by a trained Butterfly Project Volunteer, who has received extensive training and is often a survivor of domestic abuse herself and a Hestia staff member. The group provides women with an opportunity to talk about their experiences, enjoy other activities together such as therapeutic art and writing sessions, nail art, cake decorating, jewellery making for example. We also provide empowerment courses through the Butterfly Project.
The sessions currently run in Hillingdon, Kingston, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea.
There are many more groups running in your local area, please contact your nearest women’s centre or keep an eye out for local advertising in your area.
If you would like to advertise your group on the UK SAYS NO MORE website please email the details to email@example.com
Hestia also coordinate and facilitate The Parallel Group in two London boroughs which helps children to recover from domestic abuse and help mothers to explore how their experiences have impacted on their children. The 12 week long programme is delivered in age appropriate groups for children aged 4-16 who have been affected by domestic abuse. There is a separate group for mothers who are provided with support, to help their child with their healing process.
The Freedom Programme
The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.
For more information on Sexual Abuse, please visit Counselling Directory for emotional support and advice. The Counselling Directory allows those looking for support to find counsellors or psychotherapists near them. Visit Counselling Directory for more information today.
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know, visit our Get Help page for a list of domestic violence and sexual assault resources.