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Atal y Fro refuge is emergency temporary accommodation providing a safe and secure haven for female victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

During a stay at refuge women will receive on going emotional and practical support.

Our refuge accommodates 5 women and their children in the Vale of Glamorgan. However if it is unsafe to stay in this area we can find refuge spaces any where in the UK making sure victims safety is kept as the priority.

Outreach project offers support to those who have accessed our services and/or have complete their time with another service.

Each client has a key worker who will meets her weekly to help with:

  • Safety planning.
  • Building self confidence and independence.
  • Advice on housing rights and responsibilities.
  • Welfare rights and legal support.
  • Accompanying to court.
  • Assistance when applying for DSS grants and loans.
  • Help with budgeting, paying bills and debts.
  • Resettlement skills, such as shopping and cooking.
  • Assistance in finding work, paid or unpaid, or getting the right training.
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The Dispersed Housing Project is run by Atal y Fro. The project is supported by Supporting People of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Newydd Housing Association.

The Vale of Glamorgan recognises that there is a diversity of needs when fleeing domestic abuse, and accessing temporary accommodation. The Dispersed Housing project provision has been created to meet the needs of individuals or families who do not meet the criteria for current refuge. We aim to be inclusive of all gender (i.e. male, female, LGBT) and families needs that are to be supported in managing the temporary accommodation. The project is currently being piloted until October 2017 with a view to moving forward into a more permanent accommodation.

Our role is to assess individuals who may have housing related support needs. We meet with the individual and talk about their specific requirements and assess what type of support would be appropriate. If an individual needs are complex we will assess the situation and try to link them to appropriate agencies.

The Tenant Support Scheme provides housing related support, which can include:

  • Budgeting advice and assistance
  • Social Skills
  • Advocacy
  • Advice and assistance with
  • Benefit claims
  • Debt Advice
  • Confidence Building
  • Access to training and employment
  • General Counseling
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Court Based Advocate (CBA)

A pro-active advocacy service to women and men living with domestic violence and related issues, providing emotional and practical support to the whole family if necessary at a community level.

We provide information on housing, civil and  criminal court and compose risk assessments with our service users tailored to there personal needs.

Wherever possible, the advocates follow a case through the various phases, keeping women informed throughout the process. The following are the key services offered to women:

  • Being kept informed about their case
  • General telephone support
  • Being accompanied to court
  • Risk assessment and safety plan
  • Requesting special measures
  • Pre-trial visit to court
  • Victim impact statements
  • Criminal restraining orders
  • Referrals to other agencies

The advocates are extremely pro-active in their attempts to reach all women going through the courts and offering them support.

Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)

IDVA aims to deliver support that has not previously been available to victims of domestic violence who wish to press charges against their abuser. We provide specialist support throughout this process and will also be able to access other services depending on what the person wants or needs. They possess specialist knowledge of both criminal and civil courts and will be able to advise on a range of associated issues.

The Advisers will work closely with the police and other agencies. The key point to remember about this post is that it’s independent – they are there for the victim and to support the victim’s decisions and are not concerned with achieving targets.

Atal Y Fro can support children and young people aged between 0-25 years old who have experienced or have been affected by domestic abuse.

We aim to break the cycle of domestic abuse by working with the children and young people affected so they can deal with issues that have affected them and carry on to achieve healthy relationships as they get older.

We can offer:

  • Individual work for ages 4+
  • Early years work ages 4-6
  • Group work including Star Group and Recovery Toolkit aimed at working with the child and their carer.
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Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.

We work closely with local colleges and Universities to provide work experience for trainee councillors and also have voluntary councillors who offer a service with Atal y Fro. Anyone wishing to access these services must already be working with any of the above services and be agreed this is the best service for them.

The councillors are trained to listen with empathy and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Sometimes the term ‘counselling’ is used to refer to talking therapies in general but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right. The counselling service is offered in conjunction with other Atal y Fro projects.

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Journey Beyond Abuse

Journey beyond abuse is an educational and therapeutic programme that is delivered in the form of workshops for groups of women who want to break away from the cycle of domestic abuse in which many have been trapped.

This is done by:

  • Understanding of the dynamics of abuse
  • Identifying their own personal experiences
  • learning practical strategies of motivation and empowerment to help them make positive choices
  • A greater awareness to channels of safety

Recovery ToolKit

Recovery toolkit is a programme for women who have experienced domestic abuse.  Women who attend the group have ended their abusive relationship.

VISTA

VISTA’s programme (women who use force) provides services to women who use any combination of control, force or violence in their intimate relationships. Their ethos is implementation and services grounded in belief that women who use non-self-defensive physical force against their intimate partners – whether they are domestic violence survivors or not – are putting themselves and others at greater risk of harm and therefore, need contextualised advocacy, support and intervention.

The name VISTA was chosen to indicate the programme’s extended view of serving women who had used force – one grounded in a ‘healing place’ philosophy that validates domestic violence survivorship and diverse life experiences, while encouraging accountability and focusing on personal choice.

Given our understanding of their distinction between mens and womens violence, we believe and continue to believe that an effective curriculum would have to be specifically tailored to the needs of women who were struggling with personal shame and/or guilt for having used force and frequently have unaddressed survivorship issues.

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