Safer Families LEAP Domestic Violence Project

Safer Families is a Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) intervention aiming to prevent and provide support with domestic violence in families with children under 4 years old living in the LEAP wards of Coldharbour, Vassall, Stockwell or Tulse Hill.

We are helping families to maintain healthy relationships and providing support and protection for victims and their children experiencing abuse. 

What we offer?

Confident Mums

Confident Mums is a support group for pregnant women who want to make sure there are positive relationships around their baby.

The group is delivered by St Michael’s Fellowship and takes place at Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm.

Women can drop-in or contact in advance on E: admin@stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk T: 020 8835 9570 - Crèche available

Safer Stronger 

Safer Stronger is a support group for mothers, with children aged under 4, who are experiencing domestic abuse from partners, ex-partners or family members.

The group is delivered by St Michael’s Fellowship and takes place at Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.

Women can drop-in or contact in advance on E: admin@stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk T: 020 8835 9570 - Creche available

 

Outreach Workers

If you are a parent experiencing abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member we can support you one-one to keep safe.

We can:

  • Meet you and speak confidentially about your experiences without judgement.
  • Meet or speak with you to give you one off advice or provide you with ongoing support.
  • Explore all options available to you, including around your safety, housing, reporting to the police or going to court.
  • Meet you at a location which is convenient and safe for you.
  • Help you to find activities which could help you feel less isolated and alone.

                                                                                                                             

If you are unsure whether yourpartner, ex-partner or family member is abusive, but you know that something is not right in your relationship, take a look at the signs below. If you have answered yes to any of the below questions, consider getting in touch with us for confidential advice and support.

  • Is your partner or ex-partner excessively jealous and possessive?
  • Does your partner, ex-partner or family member stop you from seeing your family or friends? Do you feel isolated?
  • Are you starting to walk on eggshells to avoid making them angry?
  • Do they constantly criticize you and put you down in public?
  • Do they control your money?
  • Do they monitor your movements? Do they check up on you via your email, Facebook, Twitter or by looking at your text messages?

These are just some ways that a partner or family member may be abusive.  Abuse is a crime and you are not to blame. You don’t have to deal with this alone.

How to access support?

You can call the Gaia Centre on 020 7733 8724 Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, email lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk or speak to your local Children’s Centre or a LEAP service who can contact us for you.

All these services are free to service users and provide confidential support.

If you are in immediate danger, always call 999.

Remember

  • You are not alone. One woman in four, one man in seven and four in five trans people experience domestic violence at some time in their lives
  • The abuse is not your fault. You are not to blame for your partner’s or family member’s abusive behaviour – they alone are responsible
  • You and your children have a right to live in safety
  • You cannot change your partner – their abuse can only stop if they accept responsibility for their behaviour and they get professional help
  • Domestic violence is an abuse of power and is against the law
  • You do not have to deal with this on your own – seeking help is a brave and positive step
  • There are solutions to the problem. Outreach workers can help you to regain control of your life