LB Haringey COVID-19 Update for VAWG/DA Service

Given the current circumstances, I am sure everyone is feeling a bit nervous and uncertain. The VAWG Team at Haringey Council want to reassure you that we are working with our providers to ensure that support remains available for all those who may be experiencing Violence Against Women and Girls. We are aware of how critical these services are for our communities, and how they will be even more crucial now as women and children are likely to be spending more concentrated periods of time at home with perpetrators.All services have activated their Business Continuity Plans and have implemented measures to safeguard staff and the women and girls they support in accordance with government and public health guidelines. While the government is encouraging social distancing, face to face appointments will be limited as much as possible, however, services are being adapted to continue over the phone and online. You can continue to make referrals to all Haringey VAWG and DA providers as normal and they will be picked up and contacted accordingly.It is more important now than ever for us to continue to work as a coordinated community response. All services are trying to adapt to the new guidance and circumstances to try and slow the spread of coronavirus while continuing to provide the fullest support possible. This means that resources will be stretched so please be understanding, patient and kind to one another in these times and let us all remember to do our part as professionals to work together and make this process run as smoothly as possible.If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are here to support you all so please use us a resource.Do also remember to take care of yourselves and each other. Here is an extensive, but not exhaustive, list of what VAWG and DA support is available in Haringey, across London, and Nationally:VAWG Services in Haringey· DA Multi Agency Risk Assessment (MARAC)o MARAC will continue with some adjustmentso Referrals: Agencies to send referral to MARAC Coordinator AND also copy in your agency’s MARAC Rep, and Hearthstone who will be able to check if the referral is known to housing already.§ Hearthstone.domesticviolence@homesforharingey.org§ margaret.symister@homesforharingey.org§ Haringey.MARAC@standingtogether.cjsm.net§ MARAC@standingtogether.org.uk (non secure) o Referral form can be found on the Standing Together Website: http://www.standingtogether.org.uk/local-partnership/marac· nia (IDVA services)o All Nia services in Haringey will be adapted to continue as normally as possibleo Continuing to accept referrals and providing telephone supporto Haringey helpline: 0300 012 0213§ Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:30pm§ HaringeyIDVA@niaendingviolence.org.uk· Hearthstoneo Continuing to accept referrals and offering telephone support and assessments where requiredo 020 8888 5362: Available 9am to 4pm Monday to Fridayo Hearthstone.domesticviolence@homesforharingey.org· Solace Women’s Aid Haringey (Refuge and Floating support)o Continuing to accept referrals for Floating Support and Refuges in Haringey§ Haringey SWA Enquiries: 020 8885 3557§ Haringey.fs@solacewomensaid.org· Imece(Specialist VAWG service for BAME and Refugee women, particularly Turkish, Kurdish, and Turkish Cypriot women)o Services being adapted to continue over the phone or online where possible, including counsellingo Advice and information line: 0207 354 1359o Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pmo Email: § info@imece.org.uk§ vawgreferral@imece.org.uk§ counselling@imece.org.uk· Latin American Women’s Rights Service(LAWRS- Specialist service for Latin American women available in Spanish and Portuguese)o Adapting all services to be on the phone and online, including counsellingo Drop-in services are cancelled until further noticeo Continuing to accept referrals for counselling and crisis intervention§ counsellingreferrals@lawrs.org.uk o 02073360888- Available Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, but closed 1pm-2pm· Domestic Violence Intervention Programme(DVIP) Perpetrator Programmeo Offering remote service delivery across all serviceso Women’s Support Services: 02079284813o Violence Prevention Programme for men: 02076339181· Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation(KMEWO)o All groups and activities in Haringey have been suspended until further noticeo Support and advocacy will continue to be available over the phone§ 07748851125§ 10am-4pm Monday to Friday· Wise Thoughtso Group work currently suspended until further noticeo info@wisethoughts.orgNational and Pan-London Services· The Police: o Available 24/7o In an emergency, you should always call 999.· Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline: o Available 24/7o 0808 2000 247· Women’s Aid Live Chat: o If it’s unsafe or you’re unable to speak on the phone, the online chat operates from 10am- 12pm Monday to Friday (two hours daily) o https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/· GALOP LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline (London): o Available Monday to Friday 10am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-4pmo 0207 704 2040· Women and Girls Network Advice Line: o Available Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm o 0808 801 0660· Women and Girls Network Sexual Violence Helpline: o Available Monday to Friday 10am -12:30pm and 2:30-4pm and on Wednesdays from 6pm to 9pmo 0808 801 0770· Solace Women’s Aid o General Advice Helpline§ 08088025565 § Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Tuesday 6pm-8pm§ advice@solacewomensaid.orgo North London Rape Crisis § 0808 801 0305§ Available Monday 10am-2pm, Tuesday 10am-1pm and 6-8pm, Wednesday and Thursday 1-5pm and Friday 10am-2pm§ rapecrisis@solacewomensaid.orgIf there are any Qs or concerns please contact the VAWG Team onVAWG@haringey.gov.uk