Cumbria Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP)
Founded in 2016 following a successful two-year funding award of £729,977 from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Cumbria Domestic Abuse Partnership (DAP) funds refuges, specialist accommodation-based support and service reform to help local areas meet the Priorities for Domestic Abuse Services.
What does the partnership do?
This partnership co-ordinates both preventative and crisis support as well as accommodation services for all victims at risk of homelessness and those identified to be at risk of domestic abuse and sexual exploitation within Cumbria. This innovative, coordinated support and pathway model of service delivery standardises the approach to meet local needs and agreed standards regardless of location across the county.
How does the partnership do this?
Funding has been used to support the DAP model approach across the county, meeting urban and rural diversified needs through:
- Increased access to emergency accommodation units for households in crisis across the county. Mixed provisions are in place to suit a variety of needs and risk levels. i.e. secure provision staffed 24 hours a day, medium to low risk supported and dispersed accommodation; and individual supported units.
This includes out of hours advice, assistance and access to emergency crisis accommodation is available throughout the county. Collaborative cross boundary placements appropriate to risk assessed levels and safety plans ensure provision is in place to meet a range of need and demand. This ensures that no victim of domestic abuse is turned away from the support and accommodation they need, at the time they need it.
- Specialist officers deliver frontline crisis support to those housed in allocated emergency accommodation, addressing immediate and longer-term needs. Officers work across community partnerships, ensuring access to timely interventions are available to meet personalised and wider, complex needs.
Practical assistance is delivered with a focus on stable housing, risk reduction and safeguarding. This is enhanced through officer access to small, personalised safety grants of up to £500 administered by the accountable lead partner, Carlisle City Council. This funding is intended to enhance the support offer and reduce identified risks to those receiving support within emergency accommodation placements through personal and community safety measures developed to prevent future housing issues.
- The partnership funds young persons’ specific information and support through training, education and raising awareness with young people across a variety of local communities, assets and schools countywide, recognising the needs of victims from isolated and marginalised communities.
- The partnership undertakes specialist preventative training programmes and interventions, supporting the integrated offender manager process in the joint delivery of the ‘Turning the spotlight programme’, implemented to target repeat perpetrators to prevent/reduce ongoing issues and incidents related to domestic abuse
The Cumbrian Consortium, supported by Cumbria Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is made of the following partners: Allerdale Borough Council; Barrow Borough Council; Barrow Women’s Community Matters; Carlisle City Council; Copeland Borough Council; Cumbria County Council; Eden District Council; Eden Housing Association and South Lakeland District Council.
Support is available in the following areas:
Other Key Contacts
Table of key support contacts
||101 or in an emergency always call 999
||0300 303 3797
||0800 345 7440
|National Women’s Aid:
||0808 2000 247
|National Men’s Advice Line:
||0808 801 0327
||0800 11 11