SIGN-POSTING TO SUPPORT SERVICES
It is irrefutable that the current availability of services to support victims (and help perpetrators change), is not comparative to the extensive existence of domestic abuse and violence. Yet there is an expanse of services and community support to help protect and support female abuse victims.
Change can be the hardest thing for a person experiencing DVA, with developed bonds to their abusers, lack of choices and ingrained and internalized shame that DVA carries. Leaving can also caused heightened risk, which must be appropriately managed. Whatever a persons current circumstances or their current motivation to change (Prochaska & Diclemente, 1992), or choices to change, there are services and advice available.
Many voluntary services do not have thresholds of need which must be met, making their services potentially more accessible. Social work practitioners can use these sources for additional knowledge for themselves, and as a source to signpost others to. To optimise support for females being or who have been previously abused in domestic relationships.