Safer was originally “Options – Guernsey Domestic Abuse Forum”, formed in 2001 to raise awareness of domestic abuse in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. At the end of 2012 Options became
an LBG company and took on the tender for the Independent Domestic Violence Advisory (IDVA) Service. We made the change to “Safer LBG” in September 2013.
In April 2014 the Guernsey Women’s Refuge also came under the Safer umbrella. The refuge provides emergency accommodation for women and their children and also provides an outreach service to support victims who do not meet the IDVA service criteria. The Refuge staff work tirelessly to help victims of abuse to move on and find safety and are supported by a bank of fantastic volunteers.
Children in Need generously granted funds to Safer for a full-time Children and Young People’s Domestic Violence Advisor (KIDVA) in June 2014. We are very grateful that this funding has now been extended for a further two years so that our KIDVA can continue her work with young people aged 5 to 17 who are experiencing abuse.
During the first half of 2016 the Guernsey Child Contact Centre came under the Safer umbrella. The Contact Centre enables children to maintain contact with parents in situations where this may not otherwise be possible. The staff also run a very popular “Children First” course which helps parents who have separated to keep their focus on the children during difficult times.
Guernsey Women’s Aid have offered counselling for women moving on from domestic abuse. During 2016 this service also joined Safer and was renamed “Moving On”. This service continues to grow and is under ever-increasing demand.
Safer also runs a helpline for victims of domestic abuse and their families to call for advice and risk assessment, forum events to raise awareness and educate States departments on the issues faced by victims, and a training group who provide training sessions throughout the year to anyone who may come into contact with people experiencing domestic abuse.
Safer has now grown enormously and employs three IDVAs, a part-time Administrative Officer and a full-time Children and Young People’s Domestic Violence Advisor (CYPDVA) along with a mix of permanent and bank refuge staff. You can learn more about the services we offer and how to access them through our services page.