The Castlemilk Domestic Violence/D.A.R.A. Project adopts a needs led approach which recognises that each family has differing needs and there is no “one size fits all” solution. Based in the local community centre our service is provided in a low key easily accessible setting.
Working in partnership with statutory agencies and other voluntary organisations the project has successfully developed services to help women and children in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow. In the past three years the project has helped around 100 people each year to address issues of domestic abuse and has developed the following service profile; information, guidance, one to one support, small cell group work, personal development, training, access to services, agency assistance and feedback.
In addition to development of inter-agency policies and protocol we have set up self-help groups (W.A.V.E.S – Castlemilk) and aim to support local women develop further groups in the areas of Govanhill and Toryglen. The aim of the group is to empower women to address local issues, including domestic abuse and health issues, overcoming the drawbacks of poverty, isolation and low self-esteem.
To date 90% of clients have gained volunteering positions and employment and progressed to becoming interdependent within their community, regaining control of their lives and successfully managing responsibilities for their children and home within the area of their choice.
We recently secured funding to extend the level of service provision and we are targetting four areas within the south east of Glasgow which are Toryglen, Gorbals and Govanhill.
The project intends to develop services in the identified areas according to the needs of local women and may include similar services to those currently provided by the Castlemilk Domestic Violence Project. Such services may include: support, guidance, information and training and development for women to assist them in changing or coping better with their circumstances.