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Safer Futures

Safer Futures provides individuals with advice and support to be safe and to recover from the effects of domestic abuse or sexual violence. It was created with the goal of ending domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Safer Futures

Safer Futures provides individuals with advice and support to be safe and to recover from the effects of domestic abuse or sexual violence. It was created with the goal of ending domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

From early intervention to recovery pathways, Safer Futures helps people aged 5+ who are affected by domestic abuse and/or sexual violence.
There are various programmes of support available within the service, which is free and operates throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Please visit the dedicated Safer Futures website.

You can digitally view or download our Safer Futures leaflets in various languages here, or Easy Read here.
You can access domestic abuse support services through the Safer Futures helpline on 0300 777 4777, or through the online referral form or by contacting [email protected].

Safer Futures is delivered by First Light in partnership with Barnardo’s and funded by Safer Cornwall.

Domestic Violence Advisory Service

Every year we support hundreds of high risk individuals and families through our Independent Domestic Violence Advice service (IDVAs). From the point of crisis, we’ll work alongside you to understand your personal circumstances; creating a personal safety plan and helping you to implement it in the short and longer term.

Find out more about our IDVA service and some of the specialist support that we provide.
I did not understand that I was being abused (by my partner) until I met you. Thank you for teaching me what a healthy relationship looks like.”

Domestic Abuse Support Service

Our Domestic Abuse Support Advisors (DASAs) are trained to help. They’ll listen to you and advocate on your behalf, acting as your voice when you don’t feel able to, and making sure your views are heard.

Domestic Abuse Helpline

Our Domestic Abuse Helpline team will give you support, advice and information. They won’t judge you or tell you what to do; they will listen. Where appropriate, they will carry out a risk assessment and complete safety planning and empower you to understand your options and support you to make decisions about your future.

Volunteer mentoring

Our Volunteers support people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence who need a little extra time and support to move forward. We’ll help them to feel heard and be listened to.

Legal clinics

We’ve teamed up with Coodes Solicitors to offer weekly legal clinics giving you the opportunity to speak to a specialist Domestic Abuse Lawyer free of charge via a video call or telephone conference. You can get support on legal issues relating to domestic abuse, including non-molestation order, eligibility for Legal Aid and information relating to divorce or cases involving children.

Recovery Pathways

Our Recovery Pathways service triages individuals and families to work out the best support to meet their needs. It then provides suitable therapeutic support that takes into account each individual’s trauma experience, focuses on solutions, and is delivered by accredited specialists.

Family Court IDVA

The family Court IDVA provides emotional and practical support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse going through the family courts by ensuring that they feel safe and informed and therefore better able to navigate proceedings. They will provide wrap around support throughout the duration of proceedings, make onward referrals, signpost and attend court where necessary.

Wider support and education

As well as helping people who have suffered domestic abuse and sexual violence directly, Safer Futures is also working to educate more widely around the subject and to provide support to those impacted by domestic abuse including friends, families and professionals.

That means educating children and young people in both primary and secondary schools throughout Cornwall to recognise the signs of abuse and to help them develop and sustain healthy relationships.

It also means training professionals in a variety of fields to spot the signs and intervene early. We are running support programmes working with people who want to change their behaviour and develop healthier relationship skills, knowledge and understanding.

Our other services

Plymouth Sexual Violence Counselling

We support people who have been affected by sexual violence, by providing short-term therapy and counselling.

Devon and Cornwall Sexual Violence Advisor service

They’ll be with you every step of the way.
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