Providing support to people in the Leeds District whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and abuse
Our Support Services
What we do
At Behind Closed Doors, we help women, men and children, across Leeds, prevent the escalation of violence and abuse; stay safe; rebuild their self-esteem and autonomy and address the practical problems associated with domestic violence and abuse.
Support is provided by phone and/or 1-1 face to face in the community wherever people feel safe. This could be in their own homes, a family members or friends home, a workplace, a children’s centre, or a GP surgery.
Our services are delivered by two teams:
Community Domestic Violence Team (part of Leeds Domestic Violence Service)
Prevention and Recovery Service
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Community Domestic Violence Team (part of Leeds Domestic Violence Service) Click to find out more
Community Domestic Violence Practitioner Support
To download a copy of the LDVS leaflet please click here
Prevention and Recovery Service (PARS) Click to find out more
Prevention and Recovery Service
Our Prevention and Recovery Service works with women
and men who are mainly seeking help to understand if
their relationship is abusive and to support them to
recover from recent or past abuse. Support is tailored to
meet each person’s unique needs.
The Prevention and Recovery Service is delivered by workers and volunteers. The support can include:
Types of Support
Phone Support: Support begins with the first phone contact. We offer regular phone support to everyone (usually fortnightly) until a worker or volunteer is available to start face-to-face visits. Many people appreciate and benefit from this regular phone support but if this is not wanted, there is an option to be placed on a waiting list for face-to-face support only.
Face-to-face Support: When progressing to face-to-face support, we will work with people in their own homes or, where this is not safe or convenient, in another safe location e.g. a friend’s home, Children’s Centre, GP surgery or another agreed location. Where phone support has already been in place, we build upon this work, usually offering a maximum of 12 visits/meetings; Monday to Thursday 9:00-4:00 and Friday 9:00-3:30.
To download our Client Information Leaflet, please click here
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