24 Oct 2019

National recognition for domestic abuse service

Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) has been awarded Leading Lights status once more for its support of domestic abuse victims.
 
Delivered by GreenSquare, GDASS is a county-wide service designed to reduce the level of domestic abuse and improve the safety of victims and their families. Their specialist team offer a range of support to help victims, both women and men, live safely and move on from abuse.

Leading Lights status is awarded by SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. 

The accreditation programme offers services, partner agencies and commissioners a set of standards for supporting victims and is the mark of quality for domestic abuse services.

There are currently over 50 accredited services in the UK.

Accreditation lasts for three years, and GDASS first obtained it in 2016. After working this year to complete the relevant training and undergoing an external service assessment by SaveLives, GDASS have successfully achieved accreditation again.

Martin Mellors, head of supported housing at GreenSquare, said: “We are so proud that GDASS have once more been awarded Leading Lights status. It was a real team effort and is testament to the dedication of the team in providing an effective service that truly makes a difference to thousands of people each year.

“Accreditation helps to validate what we do; giving the team confidence in the support that they offer; giving confidence to the many organisations who we partner up with to further our services; and giving confidence to the victims of domestic abuse and their families who come to GDASS for support.”

For more information about GDASS and what the service offers visit www.gdass.org.uk 

GDASS will once again be joining organisations, groups and communities in Gloucestershire next month to support the international campaign 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence which runs every year from 25 November – 10 December.

For 2019, Gloucestershire will be running the theme of Communities.

This will look to educate and inform the community about domestic abuse and sexual violence and how to support family, friends or community members.

Gloucestershire will also be supporting a campaign across the whole South West region coordinated by Public Health England for the South West. The campaign will aim to engage with workplaces in the prevention and response to domestic abuse and sexual violence which follows on from last year’s campaign. 

Visit www.glostakeastand.com for more information.