Greater London Domestic Violence Project (GLDVP) is a project of London Action Trust (LAT). LAT works to break the cycle of offending and so create safer communities. LAT has been recognised as Committed to Excellence by EFQM.
GLDVP was set up in 1997 with the aim of increasing safety for survivors of domestic violence, and to hold abusers accountable for their behaviour. We work to ensure that good practice in domestic violence work is transferred across London, bring together key agencies to develop London-wide policies, raise awareness about domestic violence and increase the effectiveness of inter-agency work.
A major part of the work of the project since 2001 has been the development of the first London Domestic Violence Strategy which was published jointly with the Greater London Authority and the then Association for London Government (now London Councils). This aims to co-ordinate domestic violence work across all sectors and a London-wide Domestic Violence Forum has been established to ensure that this work is carried forward. The second London Domestic Violence Strategy was published in 2005. These documents can be found at http://www.london.gov.uk/approot/mayor/strategies/dom_violence/index.jsp
The Stella Project is a joint initiative between GLDVP and GLADA. It works at a practice and policy level to develop inclusive, integrated service provision for survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence who experience problematic substance use. Click here to find out more about the Stella Project.
GLDVP’s Mental Health Project began in 2003 having identified both a strong link between women’s experiences of domestic violence and mental distress and huge gaps in services for these women. The Mental Health Project delivers domestic violence and mental health awareness training across both sectors and is in the final stages of developing a handbook for domestic violence and mental health service providers. Click here to find out more about the Mental Health Project.
Since Autumn 2006, GLDVP has undertaken three new workstreams.
The first seeks to improve services for women in the criminal justice system that have experienced violence and abuse. As part of this work GLDVP hosted the Securing Safety conference in November 2006 to raise awareness among criminal justice agencies and the voluntary sector of the interlinking nature of work on violence against women and women’s offending.
The Children and Young People’s Project works to improve the safety and redress the imbalances in opportunity for children/young people witnessing or experiencing domestic violence. This is done via training, strategic lobbying, integrating domestic violence work into schools, developing work to support young women experiencing adolescent domestic violence, promoting and rolling out models of good practice, improving coordination across services and supporting organisations working with children and domestic violence. The project is currently drafting good practice guidelines and runs an online forum for frontline service providers working with children and young people.
In March 2007 GLDVP announced that we have been successful in securing funding for one year which will enable us to further develop our faith communities and domestic violence project: Praying for Peace. Click here to visit the Mayor of London’s website where you can download the Praying for Peace: domestic violence and faith communities round-table report.
In addition, GLDVP produces a monthly e-newsletter which is circulated to over 1000 agencies to update people on the project and other information relevant to the sector. Launched in May 2007, GLDVP produces quarterly Domestic Violence Bulletins for London’s senior managers and elected Members. We hope that this work will ensure that the expertise and knowledge of the voluntary sector is integrated into all future domestic violence work in London.