26 Jun 2013

GreenSquare and Splitz to continue GDASS

GreenSquare and Splitz have been successful in their bid to retain the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) contract.

The contract is for a three-year period until 2016, with the option to extend for up to a further 24 months to 2018.

Gloucestershire County Council commissioned the new service following extensive consultation, including discussions with victims. The successful bidders were tasked with delivering the Council's commitment to providing more flexible services that are responsive to the individual needs of adults and children affected by domestic abuse.

Martin Mellors, GreenSquare's head of supported housing, said: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to carry on providing advice, help, and support to men and women who suffer from domestic abuse throughout Gloucestershire. Working in partnership with Splitz means that we are each able to use our different skills and experiences to deliver an excellent all-round service to adults and children affected by domestic abuse. 

"Domestic abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual, or emotional and can affect people in all types of relationships. In the past year, our fantastic team of staff has supported 1776 people in Gloucestershire – and those who have already benefited from the service know just how valuable it is."

The GDASS service will continue to:

  • Intervene at the earliest opportunity to prevent a situation escalating
  • Provide 'places of safety' in a crisis where necessary
  • Support families back into communities following a crisis as soon as possible, linking them into other local services
  • Contribute to safeguarding children by supporting stability in families and offering specialist advice to other professionals.

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for long-term care at Gloucestershire County Council, added: “We’re delighted that GreenSquare, working with Splitz Support Service, produced such a quality bid clearly outlining the way they will continue to deliver the domestic abuse support service in Gloucestershire. Working together the organisations bring a wide range of experience, responding to the individual needs of all victims and their families.

“The approach they take reflects what domestic abuse survivors are telling us they need. The support will be efficient with earlier intervention and support to prevent situations from escalating. The approach offers support to the whole family and focuses on helping them remain in, or return to, their home community as safely and quickly as possible.”

For more information about GDASS and the service it provides, please visit www.gdass.org.uk or call 0845 602 9035.