Bridges: We are a specialist service offering support and refuge provision for victims of domestic abuse and substance misuse.
Bridges is a project managed by Jigsaw Homes and offers an integrated community based approach to dealing with instances of domestic abuse in whatever form it takes. This includes a Sanctuary Scheme that can offer assistance to help people remain in their own home through the installation of extra security measures if a risk of further abuse has been identified.
- Available In
- Gender Focus
- Available to Age Groups
- No Restriction
- What we can help with
- Help to get household items and clothing
- Help with accommodation or my tenancy
If you are in need of a refuge place or need to speak to someone you can phone: 0161 331 2552.
Alternatively, if you are fleeing violence you can make a homelessness application.
Bridges provides an outreach service for all and refuge provision for women and their children that are at risk. In addition, they provide dispersed properties for occasions when the refuge is not appropriate/accessible. The Bridges team has a range of specialist workers; these include key workers and Independent Domestic Violence Advisor’s (IDVAs). IDVAs address the safety of victims at high risk of harm from partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children. IDVAs work with their client from the point of crisis and serve as a victim’s primary point of contact.
After they have assessed the level of risk, they discuss the range of suitable options and develop the appropriate safety plans. Safety plans are tailored to the client’s needs; they include actions such as, emergency accommodation, civil/legal protection, signposting to other agencies and court support. A key worker’s role is very similar to that of an IDVA, however, they work on cases where clients are considered either at standard or medium risk. Support work is completed on a one to one basis, with some planned sessions around domestic abuse. Specialist Bridges Domestic Abuse Service in Tameside. The Reframe pilot project in Oldham is scheduled for 12 months. It is run in partnership with the Community Rehabilitation Service (CRC) and the police. This project’s primary aim is to help prevent domestic abuse. It provides a programme for domestic abuse perpetrators, designed to prevent them inflicting further abuse. The service also provides support to the victims. Reframe Pilot Project for Domestic Abuse Perpetrators. workers also attend the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) daily, working alongside PCSOs to complete a triage of standard risk Public Protection Incidents (PPIs) in Tameside. Children’s social care have committed funding for two Children’s IDVAs to support children who have/are being affected by domestic abuse within the family home. Bridges also offer a wide range of specialist courses. These have been developed to increase awareness, help people to identify abuse, learn about appropriate relationships and improve self-esteem.
Monday - Wednesday 08:30-17:00