Norfolk domestic abuse change coordinators
Paula DeVaux – City“Hello there, I’m Paula and I am the DA (Domestic Abuse) Change Coordinator for City. I am currently on secondment from the National Probation Service and it was as a Probation Trainee in 2003 that my passion for working with domestic abuse was triggered. For many years I delivered and treatment managed IDAP (the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme), working with male perpetrators convicted for Domestic Abuse offences. I am also a qualified trainer for Women’s Safety Officers who work directly with victims of DA and a Train The Trainer for DASH (Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment risk assessment tool). Following promotion to a Senior Probation Officer role, I took a more strategic lead for Domestic Abuse, including regularly chairing MARACs (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences) and attending various influential DA Boards. In my spare time, I have always been an active supporter of the charity events held locally for Domestic Abuse Services and in 2010, I jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet to help raise money for Leeway – I would highly recommend it!”
Christen Williams – North, East and Broadland"I am Christen Williams, covering North, East and Broadland locality. 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 three years with a case load of high risk, complex families. I was primarily based in a refuge in Brighton, and completed outreach work, resettlement work and regularly attended MARACS. I also worked 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 consulted on cases and delivered FGM awareness training across the counties. I am passionate and keen to promote equality for all, and believe everyone has the right to live free from abuse."
Tabatha Breame – South Norfolk"My name is Tabatha Breame and I am the Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator for South Norfolk. My background is in psychology and sociology and I believe this underpins much of the dynamics of domestic abuse.
Having this education allows me to understand how societal influences impact on the individual and how people can then form their beliefs and attitudes. The coordinator role is part time which allows me to continue my role as a domestic abuse worker for Orwell, in the Early Help Hub in South Norfolk. Prior to this role, I worked for another Orwell service in Norwich, temporary supported housing for single parent families. Young single parents are one of the most vulnerable client groups to be in abusive and violent relationships."