Outreach Services

Reading, Wokingham & Bracknell Outreach and IDVA support

BWA provide Outreach and IDVA support across Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell local authority areas. BWA are flexible and offer support to meet individual clients’ needs responding to their level of risk and for high risk clients BWA provide IDVA level through the MARAC process and are specifically funded to provide an IDVA across the Bracknell area.

  • Arranging refuge accommodation in areas safe for clients (outside Berkshire)
  • On going safety planning and risk management advice, depending on client’s circumstances; typically in close co-operation with police and client’s social/support worker
  • Active participation in MARAC framework:
  • Active participation in Child Protection framework:

 

  • Advocacy: regular contact and close co-operation with:
    • Thames Valley Police
    • Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit
    • Relevant Neighbourhood Police Teams across Reading
    • Relevant Social Care Teams
    • Reading Housing Team, Housing Associations, Housing Officers
    • Children’s Centres and Family Support Teams
    • GPs

 

  • Signposting:
    • Housing (Housing Team, Housing Associations, Housing Officers)
    • Legal advice (National Centre for Domestic Violence NCDV, local solicitors)
    • CAB
    • Mental Health
    • Food Bank
    • CAP, National Debt Line
    • RSPCA

 

  • On-going emotional support to help create coping strategies whilst in abusive relationships and aid emotional recovery post-separation
  • Confidence-building sessions
  • Emotional support and advocacy at court hearings
  • A variety of ad-hoc tasks associated to any of the aforementioned areas

 

Reading Outreach Drop-In Service

 Reading Outreach offer a Drop-In Service every Tuesday from 10am to 3pm at following location:

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA), 3rd floor, Central library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ.

 

Please note the drop in service is open to Reading Residents who are experiencing or require support around domestic abuse.

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The Drop-In Service offers:

  • Face to face support
  • Immediate access when a victim decides to seek help
  • A weekly free legal surgery
  • Referrals to BWA and external support services
  • Child Protection and Children’s Services assistance
  • DIY injunctions

For advice and support outside of the above or for Bracknell and Wokingham areas please call our Helpline on 0118 950 4003 or contact us via our website (contact us page).

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