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Advice, Support, Safety & Information Services Together (ASSIST): The benefits of providing assistance to victims of domestic abuse in Glasgow

Robinson, Amanda ORCID: 2006. Advice, Support, Safety & Information Services Together (ASSIST): The benefits of providing assistance to victims of domestic abuse in Glasgow. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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It cannot be stated strongly enough how much support there was for the roll-out of the pilot project across Glasgow. ASSIST is a support service for partners and ex-partners of those brought before the Domestic Abuse Court (DAC). ASSIST provides information, support and advocacy to adults (both female and male) who are survivors of domestic abuse. The services provided by ASSIST are offered from the point of initial referral by the police, to the end of the court proceedings. The evaluation of ASSIT took place over nearly two years (2004-06) and included multiple forms of data. The aims of the evaluation included: • Describing the process of developing ASSIST highlighting key challenges and opportunities encountered, thereby understanding the process by which ASSIST provides support services to victims of domestic abuse and their children in the multi-agency context. • Documenting the outcomes of this intervention on those referred to ASSIST, the key outcome being increased safety of victims and their children. • Identifying how the work of ASSIST impacts other agencies involved in Glasgow’s multi-agency response to domestic abuse, and also how the multi-agency approach informs the processes and outputs of ASSIST. This research revealed that the work done at ASSIST was unanimously praised as making a difference to victims of domestic abuse and their children. Furthermore, the introduction of ASSIST in Glasgow has changed the working practices of key agencies for the better, and provided practical assistance that is valuable to other agencies. Respondents across both the voluntary sector and the criminal justice system reported dissatisfaction with the ‘post-code lottery’ whereby only victims living in one part of the city receive the enhanced response via ASSIST and the DAC.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Crime and Security Research Institute (CSURI)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: Cardiff University
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2022 10:11

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