As The 16 Days of Action ends on the 10 December we want to highlight our services that are working to prevent domestic abuse against women in the Lincolnshire area.
Domestic abuse is something no person should have to deal with in their lifetime and raising awareness of available options for victims of domestic abuse is the way we can support and protect individuals from further pain.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. However, women are more likely to be victims than men and are also more likely to experience repeated and severe forms of abuse, including intimidating and controlling behaviour, sexual violence and violence which results in injury.
At Lincolnshire Action Trust work with women experiencing domestic abuse and offer a range of support to help the individual remove themselves from these situations.
We work alongside agencies such as Women’s Aid, Edan Lincs and Blue Door to ensure the safety of the client. We use holistic and trauma-informed interventions, working to engage with women in these difficult situations.
Below is an example of one of our clients using our services to make an impact on their life:
Client C first entered the Criminal Justice System in 2009 and has been convicted of multiple offences since then. Client C had always had a struggled relationship with her mother, and this had continued into her adult life.
It was on Clients C’s most recent offence, that she was referred over to the women’s service at Lincolnshire Action Trust. When she was referred, Client C needed support with her mental health, self-development, ETE and substance use.
Client C attended both 1:1 sessions with LAT as well as a few group sessions. Client C was addicted to heroin and using daily, she was referred to We Are With You (WAWY) for support with this.
Client C had many relationships whilst on the women’s service. Due to her earlier experiences of unhealthy relationships, not only romantic but also family relationships, Client C would believe that this was how a normal relationship should be.
Due to this she would jump from one unhealthy relationship to another. It was in her most recent relationship that we became aware of the domestic abuse, both physical and psychological.
We made referrals to domestic abuse services however client C did not want to leave the relationship. Contingencies were put in place with all agencies in the event that she wanted to leave the relationship, and all were made aware of the ongoing concerns, so we were able to support Client C in the best way possible.
Through the women’s service Client C was able to get support with her ongoing substance use and mental health. Client C was engaging with the domestic abuse services when she was exited from the women’s services.
The 16 Days of Action began on the 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, running through to 10 December, Human Rights Day.