Established in 2004, ASSIST is a specialist domestic abuse advocacy and support service focussed on reducing risk and improving the safety of victims of domestic abuse.
Its aim is to ensure that all victims of domestic abuse – women, children and men – are safe, informed and supported throughout their involvement with the criminal justice system. It does that through providing a high quality service tailored to individual needs and circumstances.
What ASSIST stands for is
Advocacy – Help when other agencies are involved or to pass on information on your behalf,
Support – After an incident that has been reported to the Police and throughout the court process, ASSIST can pass information to the court about what you would like to happen
Safety – We can help you assess the risks you face and talk to you about options that could help you stay safe,
Information – About the court process, civil protection, domestic abuse issues, housing and other support services like Women’s Aid,
Services Together – A coordinated, strategic and operational community response.
What ASSIST does is:
- Try wherever possible to contact you within 24 hours of receiving the referral, especially if the perpetrator is in custody, to offer a risk assessment and safety planning.
- Provide information to the Procurator Fiscal with your views about special bail conditions and safety options.
- Give a more focused service for victims at high risk of further harm, including younger victims, children and young people.
- Convene Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) in six local authority areas (Glasgow, Inverclyde, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire). MARACs are meetings where information about high-risk domestic abuse victims is shared between local agencies. By bringing a number of agencies together, a risk-focussed, coordinated safety plan can be put in place to support victims.
- Provide support to partners or ex-partners of men who are participating in the Domestic Abuse Groupwork programme undertaken by Social Work Services in Glasgow.
ASSIST provides a service to women and men within most of the West Command of Police Scotland – the legacy ‘Strathclyde Police Force’ area. It’s linked to all the Sheriff Courts in this area, including the Specialist Domestic Abuse Courts at Glasgow and Ayr. We also support male victims where the case is being heard at Edinburgh’s Domestic Abuse Court.