Our Support Services
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
Click on the links below to learn more about the different services available.
Community Domestic Violence Team (LDVS)
Our Community Domestic Violence Team works with women and men in partnership with Leeds Women's Aid and Women’s Health Matters
Community Domestic Violence Practitioner Support
To download our LDVS public statement, please visit our desk top site www.behind-closed-doors.org.uk
PREVENTION AND RECOVERY SERVICE (PARS)
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.
Behind Closed Doors has provided support to victims of domestic violence and abuse (dv&a) in the Leeds area since 1997. During this time we have built a library of resources and tools to support this work, most designed to respond directly to the questions and needs of the people we help.
But we are not the only people supporting victims of dv&a – many other agencies and organisations encounter this in the course of their work and the need to offer support which can create real, positive and lasting change is essential. We know our resources contribute to the success of our team in helping people achieve the changes they want to see – many of these are shared, free, in our ‘online resource bank’ at www.bcd-orb.org.uk
This dedicated website (www.bcd-orb.org.uk) also provides education-based practitioners free resources designed to assist in educating children and young people in a school (or similar) setting about healthy relationships. These resources are designed for delivery at different Key Stages as follows:-
Key Stage 1 - focus on Safe, Healthy Relationships (with underlying foundation of domestic violence and abuse prevention) – 4 x 1-hr workshops
Key Stage 2 – explicit identification of domestic violence and abuse and promotion of Safe, Healthy Relationships – 4 x 1-hr workshops
Key Stages 3 & 4 - developed from a Youth Work perspective to create real and in-depth discussion about 13 different aspects of Safe, Healthy Relationships. Module-based material which provides a range of short, medium and full-lesson options.
If you would like a discussion about introducing these workshops into your setting and/or accessing bespoke training, please Contact Us