The Knowle West Domestic Abuse Project – Group Award Nominee – 2006

(Nominated jointly with the WISH project) – The Knowle West Domestic Abuse Project (KWDAP) is based in Bristol and was established in May 2004 as a recommendation of a local multi-agency group set up to tackle domestic abuse in the area: Knowle West at the time had the highest recorded incidents of domestic abuse in the South West, and is one of the countries top ten most deprived areas. The multi–agency group consists of Survivors, Local residents, Police, Social Services, Housing, Health, Education, and Voluntary Sector Agencies and continues to guide the work of the project. KWDAP is a community based outreach service offering practical & emotional support to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. This support takes many forms including: providing information about options, accompanying people to housing, social services, police, solicitors, courts and other agencies. Providing security for women to stay in their own homes or helping them to access safe alternative accommodation. The project offers one to one support, safety planning, weekly support groups, drop-ins (one of which is out of hours), the Freedom Programme – a structured programme that helps women to understand the effects of men’s abusive behaviour on themselves and their children, an out of hours telephone service, and a comprehensive and well maintained website. The project is also involved in delivering a pilot education pack (Spiralling) into Bristol Secondary Schools, offering training on domestic abuse awareness to local agencies, providing awareness, raising campaigns on the estate, and training local women to help deliver the service as volunteers.