Norfolk domestic violence charity Leeway operates an outreach service which works with cases that are low to medium risk to prevent an escalation of violence, and also provide appropriate support if the victim wishes to leave the relationship.
These workers meet with women one-to-one in a safe environment of their choice to offer the advice and support they need to move forward with their lives. Programmes are available to help build self-esteem and promote empowerment, and enable women to recognise and respond to abusive situations and behaviour in the future.
In 2012 the Safer Norfolk fund awarded a grant of £2,000 towards the cost of continuing the outreach service. Each year around 400 families, including over 800 children, are supported in the community through outreach programmes, resettlement support and advocacy workers, and a further 111 families use Leeway’s accommodation service.
In addition the Leeway Advice and Support line supports around 2,000 women and 1,500 children and young people each year. Specialist workers are also available to support male victims of domestic violence.