Norfolk domestic abuse change coordinators

Zoe Harding

"Hello I’m Zoe - the DA change coordinator for West Norfolk and Breckland. I have a varied background, working in different settings with victims, perpetrators, and children who have been affected by domestic abuse. I have worked for the prison service delivering offending behaviour programmes to adult and young offenders and as a project officer for Leeway assisting with the set-up of the first Leeway refuge in the Great Yarmouth area. I then trained as a Probation Officer and have worked with perpetrators of DA in the community and custodial settings. More recently, I joined the Norfolk Children’s Services Early Help team working directly with families, many of whom were affected by domestic abuse. For the last five and a half years I have also worked as a crisis worker at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) supporting victims of rape and serious sexual abuse. I love both my jobs and will continue to campaign about domestic and sexual abuse until things change."

Christen Williams

"I am Christen Williams, covering Paula Devaux’s maternity leave in Norwich and South Norfolk. I qualified as a Social Worker in 2012 and my passion for Domestic Abuse prevention came from my second year placement at University. As a student rep, I advocated the need for Domestic Abuse awareness to be included on the social work course (and to some students’ annoyance I managed to wing an additional lecture). Post Qualification I worked in a Domestic Abuse Crisis Intervention Service for 3 years with a case load of high risk, complex families. I was primarily based in a Refuge (down South), and completed outreach work, resettlement work and regularly attended MARACS. For the past year I have been working for Barnardo’s National FGM Centre as a Senior Social Worker. I was attached to the MASH and allocated any FGM cases across Norfolk and Suffolk. I also consulted on cases and delivered FGM awareness training. I am passionate and keen to promote equality for all, and believe everyone has the right to live free from abuse."

What do the domestic coordinators do?

Our aim is to ensure frontline professionals, in contact with individuals who may be experiencing domestic abuse or sexual violence, encourage early disclosure of the abuse and are confident and competent in responding, therefore helping people to stay safe and get the support they need as soon as possible. To do this we are setting up a network of champions across public, voluntary and private agencies, who will spread awareness amongst their colleagues and act as a conduit for information between their agency and ourselves. We are looking for individuals who are highly motivated and passionate about addressing domestic abuse. Champions will receive tailored training in domestic abuse awareness raising, recognising signs and impact, and understanding risk and safety planning. The network will give organisations with champions access to a wealth of support, multi agency links, training and events.

We will also use the information from champions to highlight the many vital services that exist in Norfolk as well as identifying where there are problems in meeting need and raising these with decision makers.

Contact us

Zoe Harding
Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator
West Norfolk and Breckland
07450649853

Christen Williams
Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator
City and South Norfolk
07818 077275 

Email: da.change@norfolk.gov.uk

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