The current percentage of women Beneficiaries on our project is 24%. Whilst all of our Personal Development Coordinators work with women Beneficiaries, our Domestic Violence and Abuse Lead (Justine Sadler) has a specific remit within this area. Justine works with other organisations in Nottingham City, participating in projects and providing feedback regarding ways of working with, and supporting women Beneficiaries.
She has recently been involved in a pilot project looking at wrap-around support for women with complex needs who have also experienced Domestic Abuse, and she is also developing relationships at HMP Foston Hall to ensure earlier access to women Beneficiaries. Work is also being carried out with Nottingham Women's Centre to ensure the ON project can fully utilise their extensive services, and the facilitation of drop-in sessions is being discussed with the team at POW.
During November, Justine is working to generate awareness of the White Ribbon Campaign and also International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women which falls on Friday 25th November. According to a 2005 survey, 1 in 5 young men believe that women often 'provoke violence'(www.equation.org.uk). The White Ribbon Campaign has been set up to provide positive male role models that are actively condemning these beliefs and their consequences. You can find out more here.
If you want to find out more about Justine's work you can call her on 0115 850 4128, or email her at Justine.Sadler@opportunitynottingham.co.uk.