The Elm Foundation, Crossroads Derbyshire and NCHA/Derbyshire WISH already work as a consortium to deliver refuge accommodation and Domestic Abuse outreach services for women, men, children, and young people across the county, and have worked together as partners on other projects.
All three organisations have excellent track records of collaborative working, take advantage of shared training opportunities, and can share office space and facilities to reduce travel expenses. This consortium share ideas, information, data, and evaluations using a robust and secure email system and through regular face-to-face meetings.
Each organisation has senior staff with a strong background and years of experience of working in Domestic Abuse service provision.
The Elm Foundation is affiliated with Women’s Aid (the national Domestic Abuse charity) and holds the SafeLives Leading Lights 2019 accreditation: the mark of quality for domestic abuse services. The Elm Foundation is also White Ribbon Accredited organisation.
The Elm Foundation supports men, women, children, and young people who have experienced Domestic Abuse and believes that everyone has the right to live their life free from fear, violence, and abuse.
Beginning as a volunteer-led advice line in 1979, they now employ 20 staff and deliver a range of services. Their refuge accommodation, ‘The Harmony Project’, was the first specialist domestic abuse refuge in England and Wales to work exclusively with young women aged 16-24 and their children. They accept up to five young women at a time and house an average of 23 women each year. These young women are fleeing violence from their partner or family, grooming, forced marriage, honour-based violence or gang-related violence.
Crossroads Derbyshire provide prevention and recovery outreach support for women, men and children, delivered through one-to-one sessions and group work. They provide intensive support during times of transition and help people to leave an abusive relationship and keep themselves safe. Male victims made up 6% of their outreach clients last year.
Last year Crossroads Derbyshire received the Stage Two National Women’s Aid Standards Accreditation Award. Their assessor described their service as “exemplary.”
Established in 1996, the service has grown year-on-year and they now employ 20 staff offering a range of support services. They provide a wide range of services for men, women and children including refuge / individual safe accommodation and community-based support where they provide both one-to-one and group support sessions to meet the differing needs of individuals and families who access their support.
In addition, alongside consortia partners, they deliver the ‘Women and Girls Safe’ Project which focuses on women and girls aged 13 to 24 years old who are at risk of abuse, grooming, coercion, or bullying.
In addition, alongside consortia partners, they deliver the Choices Project.