Youth Support Services

Phoenix DAS knows that domestic abuse does not only affect adults. Over the years various projects have been developed to ensure that the best support possible is offered to our young people.

Services currently available:

  • Youth IDVA Support – for victims aged 11-18years.
  • Youth Respect Support – for young people aged 11-18yrs displaying abusive behaviour in their own intimate relationships.
  • Youth Respect Family Support -support for families where adolescence are displaying abusive behaviour at home toward parent/carer(s).

 

Youth IDVA

Are you aged 11 – 18 and experiencing domestic abuse within your relationship? Do you ever feel threatened or scared by your partner? Do you feel you need to change your behaviour to keep them happy? Are they excessively jealous and/or controlling? The Youth IDVA is a specialist youth worker who provides practical and emotional support to young people aged 11-18 at risk of or experiencing abuse with their own relationships, she will listen to you and help you understand your feelings, whilst offering practical help to improve things for you.

 

Youth Respect Project

Are you a young person between the age of 11-18?

Do you live in the Blaenau Gwent Area?

Do you feel angry at home or feel that you need to control your relationships with your parents or partner?

 

 

Am I being abusive to my Partner?

Do you take your anger out on your Partner?

Do you threaten them?

Do you punch, kick, slap or push them?

Do you damage property including punching doors and walls?

Are you jealous of where they go or who they are with?

Do you trust your partner and the people they are friends with?

Do you check your partner’s phone or social media sites such as Facebook?

 

Am I being abusive to my Parents?

Do you take your anger out on your Parents?

Do you threaten them?

Do you punch, kick, slap or push them?

Do you shout and swear at your parents?

Do you damage property including punching doors and walls?

Do you demand money from your parents?

Do you follow any rules that your parents may have?

 

Am I a parent being abused by my son/daughter?

Do you ever feel threatened or scared by your son/daughter ?

Do you feel you need to change your behaviour to keep them happy?

Are they excessively jealous and/or controlling?

Do you feel that they dominate the household intimidating siblings and others?

Have you ever been physically attacked by your son/daughter?

 

 

If you have answered yes to any of these questions please see how the Phoenix DAS Youth Respect team can help.

How we can help:

We can offer 1-2-1 support on abusive behaviors towards your partner or parents and the impact these behaviors have on yourself and others

We can help improve your family or intimate relationship

We can help educate you on what a healthy relationship is

We can signpost you to other agencies for further or additional support

We can work with parents to encourage positive parenting techniques

We can work with the whole family to help everyone to move forward in a more healthy way

 

This programme of work will include a risk assessment and a toolkit of work which will aim to address issues, challenge behaviours and reduce risk.

Young People displaying abusive behaviours at home

The Youth Respect Team can offer support to families where young people (aged over 11 years) are displaying abusive behaviours at home toward their parent/carer(s). This is called Adolescent to Parent Abuse (APA).

Within this, families will receive support from a Youth Support Officer and a Parenting Officer. The team will offer assessment, restorative focused family meetings and ongoing support.

What is adolescent-to-parent abuse?

Adolescent-to-parent abuse is any behaviour used by a young person to control, dominate or coerce parents. It is a pattern of behaviour intended to threaten and intimidate and puts family safety at risk.

Abuse can be a range of behaviours, including non-physical acts, aimed at achieving on-going control over another person by instilling fear. This can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, humiliating language and belittling, damage to property or financial abuse.

Support for under 11’s

Unfortunately Phoenix DAS are not currently funded to work with children under the age of 11, work can be undertaken, where capacity allows, but there is a cost for this please click here for more information.

For information about any of these services please contact the Youth Intervention Manager on 01495 291202.