GreenSquare has been successful in a bid to continue to run additional domestic abuse support through GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service) for healthcare providers.
This service provides domestic abuse support to patients in a hospital or GP surgery setting across Gloucestershire, and provides training to healthcare providers to improve early identification of domestic abuse. The team has already been in place for the past two and a half years, and after a successful pilot has now been awarded a tender to run alongside the core GDASS contract.
As part of this service, GDASS employs two Health Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and three GP Development Workers (GPDWs), who are working across all 75 GP Surgeries in Gloucestershire.
The team supports GP surgeries to identify a domestic abuse champion, who receives specialist training to support their surgery to deal with domestic abuse disclosures, and supports them to become safe spaces for disclosures of domestic abuse.
Heather Downer, Service Manager at GDASS said: "We are delighted that we are going to be able to continue to run this vital service. In the past year alone, the teams have trained 854 health professionals, and have supported 357 victims of domestic abuse.
"Both teams work closely with health professionals to provide interventions and support around domestic abuse at the earliest possible opportunity. As well as providing domestic abuse support to patients within Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and within GP surgeries and community hospitals across Gloucestershire, the team also engages with primary and secondary healthcare providers to provide training and to raise awareness of domestic abuse across the county."
In 2018 GreenSquare was successful in its bid to retain the contract to run GDASS for a five-year period until 2023, with the option to extend for up to a further two years to 2025. This will also be the case for the additional service.
To find out more about GDASS, visit www.gdass.org.uk.