Bawso provide specialist and tailored support to all service users – women, men and children fleeing domestic abuse and other forms of violence against women.
Bawso Outreach Project provides support for people suffering domestic abuse who are faced with multiple problems. They are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and need extra support. BME service users are over-represented in all the key indicators of ‘vulnerability’. Most of them live below the poverty line, have poor housing, lack of education and training, lack of job opportunities, and are suffering from gender or racial discrimination. They are on the margins of society, socially excluded, and predominantly originate from patriarchal, authoritarian cultures. Our Outreach Project provides a variety of services to women, men and children who have contacted the service. We aim to understand their issues as follows:
- Understanding of health, education, housing, social services sectors
- Understanding the law regarding child protection and vulnerable adult issues
- Enhancing women’s communication skills – especially language skills
- Basic training on ‘life skills’
Bawso also provide holistic service and additional support to Refugees who are also fleeing domestic abuse under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) in various ways:
- Support in dealing with Domestic Violence (DV) issues in the family
- Help dealing with housing issues due to domestic abuse
- Referral to the housing option team for support due to domestic violence related issues and help with moving
- Provide benefit advice
- Support to access GP surgeries for further referral to deal with mental health issues
- Support to join community groups and networking
- Signposting to other agencies such as the mosque, food banks etc.
- Help with practical support – form completing for those who need support with this because of language barriers
- Language support services
- Support with legal help and to access immigration services and advice
- Support to access multi-agency services and how to engage with agencies – child protection conference, Marac referral, Health Visitors referral, social service referral etc.
- Help to access college
- Support to access ESOL classes
- Signposting to appropriate services
- Support to access domestic violence services- Freedom programme, Gateway etc.
- Support to access children’s and young people’s clubs within Bawso
- Support with safety planning at home and how to live free from domestic violence by making referrals to appropriate services
- Help service users to familiarise themselves with their local area
- Support to access higher education and seek school admission for children
- Support families with No Recourse to Public Fund (NRPF) and help them get settlement status
- Supporting service users with divorce both civil and religious, and route to safety