How the PDVG Live Safe Hub Works.
The Live Safe Hub is a high visibility service with multiple strategies for reaching and receiving clients. It has the capacity to support standard, medium and high risk victims of domestic abuse by providing a targeted, focused service which offers support, advice, safety planning and crisis intervention for anyone female or male aged 16+.
The Live Safe Hub offers a whole system of clear, navigable, services which can quickly respond to complex and changing needs. Each referral into the Live Safe Hub is triaged by level of risk which is assessed by carrying out a DASH risk assessment, risks and needs are assessed within 48hrs of receiving the referral. This triage process is carried out by a SafeLives Accredited Manager who allocate cases to the appropriate service within the Hub. Any referral that cannot be supported by PDVG will be signposted to other support or services.
Central to the purpose of The Live Safe Hub is the concept of progression from higher to lower risk and from higher to lower levels of dependency on the service. As the services within the Hub provide varying support the Live Safe Hub is able to offer flexible holistic responsive provision e.g. from crisis intervention to longer- term recovery, from low risk situation where an escalation of risk necessitates crisis intervention. The Live Safe Hub enables us to provide a smooth journey for clients from disclosure to recovery ensuring that there is no duplication and clients have to tell their story only once. Once the risk has been de-escalated PDVG provide the appropriate focus on developing the personal resilience that clients need in order to move on.
All support provided by The Live Safe Hub uses a client centred, strengths based approach with an emphasis on promoting self-management. Clients are encouraged to consider existing protective factors, develop confidence and self-belief and are supported to explore and access realistic, sustainable ways to live free from domestic abuse.
Vital to the effectiveness of the Live Safe Hub is the robust relationships and partnerships we have in place with local statutory and third sector agencies. This collaborative approach maximises a client’s access to the right specialist support in a timely manner.
The Live Safe Hub pro- actively increases connectivity with partners and stakeholders by working further upstream to increase awareness and raising the Hubs profile. By developing and maintaining pathways with services across the authority and having a presence at key locations and forums the Hub is able to increase referral rates and reach priority clients.
Find out more about our work in this short interview with Eilish Kagbo (IDVA) talking about the “Clare’s Law”
PDVG Live Safe Hub Commitment to Collaborative Working
PDVG Live Safe Hub consists of 5 PDVG community based outreach service. All the projects that make up the PDVG Live Safe Hub provide support to people 16+ affected by or experiencing domestic abuse throughout Kirklees.
Description and remit of each service in the PDVG Live Safe Hub
Independent Domestic Violence Advisor IDVAIDVA’s provide support to female and male victims at high risk of domestic abuse. The aim is to provide support at the point of crisis, supporting clients to plan appropriate safety management strategies. The emphasis is on reducing immediate risk, implementing safety plans and supporting victims to access and navigate through the criminal justice system and work directly with Kirklees MARAC.
Sanctuary Scheme SSSS provide support to female and male victims of domestic abuse who are no longer in a relationship with the perpetrator. The aim is to support victims to safely remain in their own home thus preventing homelessness. SS provides practical support around the security of the home and crisis intervention support over 6 – 8 weeks for standard, medium and high risk cases. The emphasis is on reducing immediate risk, implementing safety plans and mobilising interventions from other services.
Staying Safe in Kirklees / SSIKSSIK provide support to female and male victims of domestic abuse. SSIK has the capacity to support victims on a medium term basis, usually up to 3 months and works with standard to medium risk victims. This service provides support, early intervention and safety planning to prevent the escalation of risk.
Staying Safe in Kirklees Male victim supportSSIK provide a male worker who specialises in support to male victims of domestic abuse. The male victim service on SSIK has the capacity to support victims on a medium term basis, usually up to 3 months and works with standard to medium risk victims. This service provides support, early intervention and safety planning to prevent the escalation of risk.
Move On ProjectThis project is used to facilitate ‘step down form support’ when a client’s risk has been reduced to a manageable and safe level. The Move On Project provides low level intervention for PDVG clients as part of the exit from support process focusing on signposting or facilitating access to partner or universal services. The project also helps keep PDVG waiting lists at a minimum by giving welfare calls to standard risk clients.