Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a preventative education programme for child survivors and victims of domestic abuse.  The programme was developed by Women’s Aid (Northern Ireland) and training has been provided by Women’s Aid Federation England.  It is delivered to children aged 7-11 years.

Hand In Hand

Hand in Hand is a short group work programme, for children aged 4-7 who have experienced domestic abuse, around safety planning, confidence and self esteem building with a group size of 6 children at any time.  The aim of the programme is to enable these young children to develop resources and strategies to keep themselves safe, improve confidence whilst recognising and managing their emotions.

It's a RAPP (Relationship Abuse Prevention Programme)

It’s a RAPP engages young people through workshops, group work and one-to-one sessions to enable them to access information, support and advice around domestic abuse and the promotion of healthy relationships.

We empower victims, potential victims, perpetrator and potential perpetrators of domestic abuse and sexual abuse to break the cycle of abuse by providing specialist work to tackle the root causes of domestic and sexual abuse.

The group work element is a unique multimedia programme that uses short films, advertisements and chart music to raise awareness and provide education about domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation in a relevant and exciting way. It challenges detrimental mindsets about abuse and exploitation, explores how beliefs inform behaviour, and looks at the role of the media in reinforcing unhealthy beliefs. It is based on the Freedom Programme and is designed to be used with young people over the age of 14, although can be adapted for use with young people over 11 years.

VIP (Value, Identity,Purpose)

VIP is an early intervention tool for use with young women designed to build confidence and a sense of self. It provides a platform for women to discover their value, identity and purpose through sharing and exploring different aspects of who they are. Sessions feature topics such as feelings and emotions, dreams for the future, personality, interests, body image and much more.

Break the Cycle

This programme aims to ‘break the cycle’ of abuse, to challenge the beliefs of young men aged 14-17, who are presenting with abusive and controlling behaviours. The group looks at domestic abuse, healthy relationships, gender, sex, conflict resolution and respect as part of the “Boys to Men” project. The programme offers a positive perspective of adulthood which aims to enable boys to think critically about power, control and equality in addition to addressing issues surrounding confidence and self esteem.

A19

A19 is a youth group in Havant that supports young people aged 9-16 years that have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. A19 offers the young people a chance to have fun and come together in a safe environment and socialise with others who have had the same experiences.

The group helps to build confidence and gives the young people opportunities to seek advice from experienced staff and to talk and express how they are feeling in a safe environment.

Testimonials

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Sandra

  • "I have found the support from Southern Domestic Abuse Service life saving for me. Without the support I couldn't imagine how my family and I could have moved on with our lives. I am eternally grateful for all your support both emotionally and advisory. I have gained so much more self worth from your help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Kerrie

  • "From the circumstances I left behind, I have felt safe living in this house. I have had good times and bad, but I am really grateful for all of your help, you have provided me with. Thank you." Ruth

  • "Thank you SDAS for teaching me how to play the game. I am back in control of my life and my self esteem." Donna