Behind Closed Doors recognises the tremendous value that volunteers bring to the organisation and in supporting the people we work with. Volunteers are an essential link in offering an end-to-end support service to people who are, or have, experienced domestic abuse.

 

We do our best to provide a placement that meets the needs of Behind Closed Doors but that also suits the needs of the Volunteer. To achieve this we do ask that Volunteers commit to a minimum of 6 hours per week in one day, for a minimum of 6 months after completing training and a period of mentoring.

 

Volunteers in the Prevention and Recovery Service (PARS) focus on delivering emotional and low-level practical support direct to people who are assessed as low/medium risk:

 

  • Prevention:  to reduce the risk within an on-going relationship, to reduce the risk of victims returning to an abusive relationship and/or entering another

 

  • Recovery: helping clients to understand what has happened and how; why they are not to blame; re-building self-confidence and self-esteem; focusing on healthy relationships and learning warning signs for the future; moving on to more positive and healthy lives

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