Caseworker Charlotte shares a typical day at the DA Alliance and what attracted her to the role.
“Every morning I start by calling our clients [victims of domestic abuse] to take witness statements and complete their court documents. This paperwork is then passed to our legal partners (solicitors) for ongoing case management. I also provide support to victims who are representing themselves – they may have questions court papers and the court process, which we can help to answer. My day also includes coffee breaks and laughter with my colleagues. It’s so important to support each other, particularly when you’re in this area of work, so we can all perform to the best of our abilities.
“I was attracted to this role as I have a professional interest in Family Law and wish to pursue a career as a solicitor in this sector. The dissertation I completed for my law degree was about the remedies for domestic abuse so working at the DA Alliance has been ideal in terms of developing my interest and experience in this field.
“I bring a broad range of experience within the legal industry to my role. I have completed an LLB law degree and am currently carrying out my LPC. I have worked for St Alban’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau as an online web advisor and as an advisor for the Hertfordshire Law Clinic. I have also worked as a legal assistant for Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. While I was there I visited a refuge for domestic abuse victims, which first sparked my interest in this area of law.
“The most rewarding aspect of my role is knowing I’ve done my best to provide support to those who need it the most. Receiving that acknowledgment from my clients makes it all worthwhile, and is testament to the invaluable service we provide here.
“The greatest challenge I have faced is telling clients that their case does not have strong enough ‘merits’ to proceed with an application for a court order. However, we can suggest alternative protective measures, which will provide some support.
“I would advise anyone with an interest in the law and domestic abuse support to consider applying for a role at the DA Alliance. Above all, be confident, be yourself, and be prepared to deal with difficult scenarios. Take every day as it comes.”
As the darker, colder nights draw in most people spend more time indoors.
The run up to Christmas can also bring financial strains, and more time spent with family and at social events may lead to increased stress.
For those experiencing domestic abuse these factors can mean more time trapped at home, and an increased risk of abuse occurring.
In England and Wales, there are approximately 2.3 million victims of domestic abuse a year (two-thirds of whom are women).
The actual number of people affected by this often-hidden crime, is likely to be much higher.
As Halloween approaches we are sharing these dramatic images to raise awareness that domestic abuse is happening all around us and it must stop.
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6 October 2021
Strengthening partnerships, engaging survivors and adopting technology, have led to falling victim attrition rates and increased take up of support by those experiencing domestic abuse in Hertfordshire. In this exclusive case study for Policing Insight, DA Alliance Director of Partnership and Communication, Razi Hassan, shares the success of our WEPROTECT app, which is in use by Hertfordshire Constabulary and the locally-commissioned IDVA service, run by Herts-Refuge.
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