Council secures future of Domestic Abuse Advocacy Service

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Published: Monday, 27th July 2020

We've secured the future of the Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support (DAAS) service by committing permanent funding for the team and including it as part of the new public protection structure.

The DAAS service, established in 2012, was the cornerstone of the Pathway Project designed to provide safe and effective support to domestic abuse victims and their families and a route to safety by working in partnership with specialist services such as Children1st and Border Women’s Aid.

Over the last eight years, DAAS has grown in line with the increased demand to include specialist housing support and dedicated outreach provision. In 2019 alone, the service received over 600 referrals which they went on to support by identifying risk, planning for increased safety and following a partnership approach to ensure the best outcomes for victims.

Partnership working has been critical to the success of the project. Working closely with Police Scotland, NHS Borders, registered social landlords and other stakeholders has allowed DAAS to identify and manage some of the highest risk cases in the Borders and provide a platform for recovery for many families.

The DAAS service has remained the first point of contact for victims, concerned others, partner agencies and has proved that by working with partners and keeping victims at the centre of decision making, families can recover from their experiences of domestic abuse and be safer.

DAAS is part of Scottish Borders Safer Communities team and consists of four qualified Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates and a Service Manager.

For more information about the free and confidential support they provide, see our domestic abuse webpage. They can also be contacted by email [email protected] or on 01835 825 024.

In an emergency people should call 999 or the 24-hour National Domestic Helpline on 0800 027 1234.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“This service has proven to be life changing, and in some cases lifesaving, for victims of domestic abuse in the Borders. Everyone has the right to live a life free from harm and it was vital that we found a way for DAAS to be an integral part of our joint Public Protection Services so this critical support could continue.

“As far as I am aware, we are one of very few local authorities in Scotland who have made the commitment to mainstream their domestic abuse service and it is a significant achievement that we have been able to make this possible.”