Domestic violence support

COVID - 19 - RESOURCES AND INFORMATION FOR POLISH VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

We created a few resources for Polish people who experience domestic abuse at the time of the coronavirus crisis. Polish clients can find all information here. The content of that page is available for you in the documents below.

SAFETY PLANNING 

The document is based on the guidance produced by SafeLives.

CALLS TO 999 - SILENT SOLUTION

Polish

The document is based on the guidance of the Independent Office for Police Conduct

CHILD CONTACT DURING PANDEMIC

The document is based on the guidance produced by the Rights of Women

Polish

ORGANISATIONS PROVIDING SUPPORT IN POLISH

Polish

VESTA - SPECIALIST FAMILY SUPPORT -  Polish Domestic Violence Helpline for victims and perpetrators living in Wales - 0800 061 4606, help@vestasfs.org

OPOKA – Bristol based project for Polish victims of domestic abuse, they run a helpline for Polish women – 01174270012, 0300 365 1700, Skype OPOKA BRISTOL

Polish Psychologists’ Association – free psychological support offered by Polish-speaking psychologists – ppacovidinfolinia@gmail.com, Skype PPA COVID-19 Infolinia

Coronahelpline – information about the coronavirus provided by Polish-speaking professionals – tel. 020 3286 6722 (10.00 – 12.00 and 18.00 – 20.00)

Familia Support Centre – support for homeless during the pandemic in London, signposting and emotional support for Polish families experiencing various difficulties.

Europia – support for European citizens living in Greater Manchester, available also in Polish – welfare, housing, legal clinic, support with settled status applications, Tel. 0333 3058 570, e-mail support@europia.org.uk.

Eastern European Resource Centre – support and information in Polish in relation to benefits and employment (tel. 07521857415 Mon-Thurs, 07845083667 Tue, Wed, Fri info@eerc.org.uk) and settled status (tel. 0784590531, euss@eerc.org.uk)

Public Health England – Polish translation of the social distancing rules

KInternational - COVID-19 Scam and Fraud Information in 40 languages, including Polish

Give your clients opportunity to learn about the nature of domestic abuse, its impact on them and their children

Domestic abuse remains to be a hidden problem in the Polish community. Through our previous work in the Polish Domestic Violence Helpline, we know that the majority of families affected by abuse were not known to their local agencies and clients faced a lot of barriers in reporting it and seeking help. We also know that domestic violence in Polish families can be dangerous, almost half of the women who contacted us were at a high risk of serious harm or even death.

Polish perpetrators of domestic violence often don't receive enough attention and support to help them address their behaviours that led to the breakdown of their families. They may pose a risk to victims even after separation. They also struggle to come to terms with failed relationships and are very reluctant to ask for help.  Suicide rates among Polish men are one of the highest in the EU and men tend to end their lives five times more often than women.

We help Polish victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse to reduce their fear of speaking up about their experiences and guide them to the most appropriate support. We help them understand the nature of abuse, its impact on their children and empower them to move forward with their lives.

 

ASSESSMENT OF VICTIM'S NEEDS AND RISK LEVELS

We will speak to your client in Polish which will help to break the language and cultural barriers for them and put them at ease when they tell us their story.

 

We will complete a comprehensive assessment of their situation and needs as well as risk assessment using nationally recognised tools. You will be provided with a report outlining findings from our assessment.

We can explain the role of the British criminal justice system. We also give clients a better understanding of the support available from community care organisations.

We complete the assessments over the phone so we can offer this service to agencies based anywhere in England and Wales.

THE GATEWAY PROGRAMME

Domestic violence recovery and awareness programme for victims

The Accredited Gateway Programme was designed and developed by Tools4Change CIC who are passionate about making a difference to the lives of those who are/have experienced controlling abusive relationships.

We worked closely with them to adapt the programme for delivery in the Polish language to our clients.

We deliver group courses and one-to-one sessions for clients. We provide this service in Cheshire, Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Staffordshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.

Our services for victims of domestic violence are delivered by experienced Polish-speaking support workers specialising in assisting Polish victims of domestic abuse at all risk levels in crisis situations and in long-term recovery. They are qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisors. They have supported Polish people who experience abuse in the UK for the past ten years in various roles including specialist support worker, domestic violence helpline manager, support group facilitator, police and court interpreter, recovery programme facilitator and web editor for a Polish website with information about support available to victims in the UK. 

We offer competitive prices for our work.

If you would like to find out more about the above services, please contact us.

 

ASSESSMENT OF PERPETRATORS

The assessment will be carried out in Polish so the client can feel comfortable speaking about his/her situation and there is no risk that vital information might be missed in the translation process.

We will assess the participant's motivation, level of denial and readiness for intervention by discussing the client's past behaviour and current situation. We will also talk about their goals for the future and will determine where they place themselves on the cycle of change.

Referrers will be provided with a written report outlining outcomes of the assessment and recommendations for further work with the client. 

We offer telephone assessments to agencies based anywhere in England and Wales.

TOWARDS CHANGE

Six week one-to-one support programme for perpetrators

The programme has been designed by the experienced probation officer specifically for Polish perpetrators. It aims to improve clients' understanding of abusive behaviours and their impact on their families and themselves, to increase clients' knowledge about safe methods of managing their behaviour by gaining more insight into their thoughts, feelings and emotions and to increase the safety of victims of domestic violence. 

Individual sessions are delivered in Polish which helps clients to break barriers from speaking openly about their experiences and feelings.

Referrers will receive regular updates on the progress in our work with clients and will be provided with a written report summarising outcomes achieved during the programme and outlining recommendations for future support.

We offer this service in West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Liverpool.

Our services for perpetrators are designed and delivered by an experienced Polish-speaking probation officer. She has worked for the National Probation Service since 2006 and supported different types of offenders from low to high risk on a one-to-one basis and in group work. She delivered a variety of accredited programmes, including the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme (IDAP) and Building Better Relationships (BBR). She is also a qualified social worker registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a qualified and practising counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

We offer competitive prices for our work.

If you would like to find out more about the above services, please contact us.

 

We sit on Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) panels in cases involving Polish nationals. 

 

DHR means a review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by (a) a person to whom she/he was related or with whom she/he was or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or (b) a member of the same household held with a view to identifying the lessons to be learnt from the death.

We share our expertise on domestic violence within Polish families and help the panel to recognise cultural aspects of the situation. We can contact relatives in Poland to make sure that their views are heard and we can assist the panel to liaise with Polish authorities in the UK.

We have over 10 years of experience working with Polish families in the UK. We supported hundreds of Polish people who experienced domestic abuse through different projects, such as support groups, a national helpline, recovery programmes, information websites or direct support work with clients. We raise awareness of issues affecting Polish families in the UK through conferences and publications.

We offer competitive prices for our work.

If you would like to find out more about the above services, please contact us.

Vesta - Specialist Family Support CIC

Tel. 07545075093

E-mail: info@vestasfs.org

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