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Our programmes

First Light and Barnardo’s provide the integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) service for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This new service offers a range of early intervention, prevention, therapy and recovery programmes to children, young people and adults affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. All aspects of the service are free at the point of delivery.

The service is suitable for:

  • People of all ages affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence
  • People aged 13 years and upwards, identified to be engaging in abusive behaviours
  • Families affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence

Helpline response team

Safer Futures provides a domestic abuse helpline. Our helpline workers will give you support, advice and information. Where appropriate, they will carry out a risk assessment and complete safety planning with you. This team will help you access our Safer Futures programmes and signpost you to other local and national organisations which may be able to support you.

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Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVA)

Safer Futures provides Independent Domestic Violence Advisors known as IDVAs, who are extensively trained to provide intensive support to individuals in immediate high risk of serious harm. Within this team we have young people IDVAs, as well as IDVAs who operate within the criminal justice system and health services.

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Recovery pathway

Safer Futures accept referrals from professionals and self-referrers for adults aged 16+ who have experienced sexual violence and/or completed a SARC/ISVA or Criminal Justice Intervention. We also provide pre-trial therapy for people who are currently within the Criminal Justice Process.

Safer Futures also accepts referrals from professionals and self-referrers for children aged 5-16 years if they have experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence. Safer Futures will assess all referrals to determine how best to meet the needs of the individual.

Safer Futures are working with a number of providers to offer a range of recovery options which are provided either one-to-one or in a group setting. Options include therapeutic support provided by a team of experienced and qualified therapists who are BACP registered and/or accredited. We provide support throughout Cornwall within settings such as community hospitals and schools.

Adults who are aged 16+ and have experienced domestic abuse can refer to Safer Futures and they will then be referred on to our partner organisation WAVES who will assess their suitability for counselling.

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Behaviour change programme

Change 4 U is a domestic abuse programme which provides single-sex group support to men and women who display abusive behaviour within their relationships. It aims to re-educate clients about beliefs and behaviours so they can develop respectful, responsible attitudes towards others and themselves. The programme provides a wide range of support to partners and ex-partners to keep families safe.

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The Healthy Relationships Programme is a programme designed to enable and equip children and young people to have a clear understanding of what constitutes a healthy and respectful relationship, so they can make informed and safe decisions throughout their life.

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We provide training for all professionals across all sectors. There are three types of training:

  • Level 1 – Awareness Raising (Half day)
  • Level 2 – Targeted (Full day)
  • Level 3 – Specialist (Full day)
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