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Domestic abuse safety tips

Safer Cornwall have produced a series of videos giving practical advice to those experiencing domestic abuse during Covid-19…

Tip 1: Accessing domestic abuse and sexual violence support

Tip 2: Preparation increases safety

Tip 3: Get up & go bag

Tip 4: Domestic abuse safety advice if abuse escalates

Tip 5: Keep a journal

Safe Lives safety planning guide

Staying safe during COVID-19
A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

Safe Lives have produced a guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse for staying safe during Covid-19.

”Our message to victims and survivors of domestic abuse…We know that if you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like.  You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you.  We’ve created this to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe. You are not alone in this. You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.

”Below are some things you can think about if this is happening to you.  Remember that you are an expert in your own situation and only take on advice that feels safe and relevant to you.  It is important to try and think about the things that may change or make you more unsafe, especially thinking through now how you might get help if you need it.  We also know that, like everyone, you could be worried about contracting the virus and the NHS website can give you advice around this.

”Always remember that the abuse you are experiencing is not your fault.”

Click HERE to read more

Thank you!

Thank you Coastline Housing and Cornwall Council!

Many thanks to everyone who offered supplies of headsets for our helpline team when we put a shoutout across social media last week. All offers were greatly appreciated. HUGE thanks to Chris from Coastline Housing and Cornwall Council who donated headsets to us – AMAZING!!!

As a result we were able to expand our domestic abuse helpline in Cornwall and in addition to this we were able to run our helpline over Good Friday and bank holiday Monday 10:00 – 16:00.

Thank you all 😊

Newsletter – April 2020

A note from Lyn Gooding – First Light CEO

I write this message on World Health Day and so I wanted to take this opportunity to extend our very grateful thanks to all those working in the NHS and other frontline services who are helping to support the unwell and vulnerable. Their selfless acts of placing themselves in harm’s way to help others is a clear example of the dedication and compassion that exists in our society today.

For my part, I am honoured to be able to lead and represent such a committed workforce who make up First Light. Our team have quickly adapted and embraced new technology, ensuring those who are affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence are still able to access the necessary support they need.

Never more than now have the services of First Light been so desperately needed. The present lockdown brought about as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak has brought out the best and worst in people.

While we witness those who are sacrificing their own health to protect the lives of others we are also witnessing an increased risk of violence and abuse, which is why the support we receive from our partners, volunteers and donors matters now more than ever.

On behalf of everyone at First Light I would like to thank you all for your continued support, we are letting people know they are not alone, they don’t need to suffer in silence as we are here to help protect and keep people safe.

Take care and stay safe



Please see below for the current vacancies posted to the First Light website. Please visit our vacancies page for more information, an application form and role profile. Alternatively, you can ring 03458 121212 to request an application pack.
CVs will not be accepted.

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Helpline Response Team Advisor
Truro, Cornwall

First Light won the Safer Cornwall seven-year contract to deliver Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in partnership with Barnardo’s. First Light are now recruiting for a Helpline Response Team Advisor who will work for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This role will start as soon as possible following the recruitment process. We are looking for people who are highly motivated, flexible and able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.

The helpline provides a single point of contact and gateway for those who have experienced domestic abuse within Cornwall and ensures they are able to access appropriate services. The Helpline Response Team provide a support and assessment service to domestic abuse victims by conducting telephone-based risk assessments, safety plans, information and advice as well as appropriate onward referrals within the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence pathways. The post holder will be expected to receive referrals, input data and contact victims referred to the Helpline by professionals, the public, the police and self-referrals, and provide a pro-active service to all victims of domestic abuse.

The post holder will effectively complete risk assessments, address immediate safety through safety plans, and provide information, advice and onward referral to ensure victims are supported to access services to which they are entitled. The post holder will work closely with case coordinators and the High Risk IDVAs within First Light.

Male Engagement Coordinator/Crisis Worker
Swindon & Wiltshire SARC

The Swindon and Wiltshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) are seeking a new staff member to take on the role of Male Engagement Coordinator and Crisis Worker. This is a new post, which requires an individual who understands the barriers males face when accessing support following a sexual assault.

The post holder must be passionate and enthusiastic about male clients accessing the SARC and will seek to improve engagement with the service via all channels available.

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