We offer group work and one-to-one support for young people who are experiencing domestic abuse.
The GDASS floating support team will work with anyone aged 16 and over. Your support will be designed around what you are worried about and will fit in around school, college or work.
We have a specialist Young Persons Violence Advocate (YPVA) who will work with those assessed as being at high risk of serious harm. She has specialist training to help you to stay safe.
Services and programmes
Safe Teenage Relationship Education & Empowerment Team
STREET is a county-wide service for young people aged 13-19 who:
- Have experienced or are experiencing teenage relationship abuse
- Are adversely affected by domestic abuse in the home either current or historic
- Are displaying harmful behaviour in their relationships
STREET offers 1:1 support and evidence-based group programmes CRUSH & The Recovery Toolkit.
To refer a young person, please complete the online referral form.
Referrals to STREET Gloucestershire will be assessed by the team and allocated to the most appropriate type of support.
Referrals through this route will guarantee contact is made with the parent/carer or young person within 10 working days.
For questions about the service or to discuss a referral in detail, you can also call our information and message line: 01452 726 584.
Relationships Advice Education
This programme has been developed by GDASS as a series of workshops that can be delivered to schools, youth groups, and community groups. The programme is aimed at those starting to embark on relationships. It works with groups of young people to identify abusive tactics and understand the differences between healthy and abusive relationships. These sessions can also be delivered as assemblies. This programme has been designed to run alongside the work already being delivered by schools in their PSHE sessions. It is intended to build upon, and compliment, what is already being taught in these classes.
RAE is supported by the Hollie Gazzard Trust.
The programme is designed to cover the following topics:
- What is a healthy relationship
- Spotting abusive behaviours
- Understanding the context of domestic abuse
- Identifying if your friends are experiencing domestic abuse and how to support them through it
- Who to talk to/contact if you think you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse
- Forced marriage and female genital mutilation
In some areas, we have teamed up with GRASAC (Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Assault Centre) to cover the dynamics of sexual abuse in more detail and included discussions around sexual consent.
RAE can be delivered to any secondary school or youth club and can be tailored around the time available and the age and learning capabilities of the students or young people.
RAE is designed to complement the existing curriculum around healthy relationships and should not be used in its place.
If you would like GDASS to come into your school to deliver programmes around healthy relationships, please contact the Young People’s Project Coordinator on 01452 726 570, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRUSH is a group work programme for 13-19 year olds who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse. The facilitators help build your understanding of abusive relationships and how this has, or may have, impacted on you. There is no cost to attend CRUSH.
Who can attend?
Boys and girls aged between 13 and 19 who have experienced, witnessed, or are affected by domestic abuse.
- Originally created by West Mercia Women’s Aid, CRUSH is group work for young people to support them to develop healthy relationships and break the cycle of domestic abuse.
- The purpose of CRUSH is to provide an awareness of what constitutes a healthy and unhealthy relationship by following four characters throughout the ten-week programme.
- The programme helps build confidence and social skills along with increasing a young person’s self awareness.
- It is an interactive programme and this allows it to cater for the needs of the group and its individual members.
What about school/college?
GDASS will talk to your school to arrange for you to attend the group. Most of the time schools are happy for young people to come on the programme.
Where do you run CRUSH?
CRUSH moves around the county. Call us on 01452 726 570 to ask about where the next programme is running.
How do I refer onto CRUSH?
If you call the GDASS helpdesk we can arrange with you to make a referral. Alternatively speak to a teacher, parent, or any professional you may be working with, about attending CRUSH. They can refer you on your behalf.
GDASS cannot guarantee that everyone who refers onto CRUSH can get a space because they are strictly limited. If we are unable to offer you a space on the next programme we will discuss what your options are and it might be that you can attend the following one.
Useful phone numbers
GDASS: 01452 726 570
Gloucestershire Police Non-Emergency Number: 101
Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre: 01452 536 770
Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
NSPCC FGM helpline: 0800 028 3550
Karma Nirvana: Forced Marriage and HBV support: 0800 5999 247
Specialist support for males:
ManKind: 01823 334 244
SurvivorsUK: txt helpline 020 3322 1860
Splitz Support Service – The Turnaround Programme is a voluntary group for male perpetrators of domestic abuse who wish to change their behaviour.