Community Engagement

In 2016 RISE won four years of funding to build partnerships and opportunities out in the community, to open up dialogue, increase awareness, build capacity and create safe spaces for all women affected by domestic abuse – from prevention to recovery. Now in its third year, the project is flourishing.

Community Engagement

Community Connectors

We’ve recruited nine Community Connectors – who are domestic abuse survivors that RISE is supporting to develop their own projects to reach their local community. These projects will be unique to each survivor, and based on her skills, strengths, and personal experiences. Current projects include a community sewing project for BME women and a re-design of a healthy relationships tool to suit women affected by domestic abuse.

If you have lived experience and are interested in becoming a Community Connector – please click here.

Community Engagement

Community Research Programme

In October 2017 we launched our Community Research Programme, which is a three year longitudinal study that will trace the journeys of clients coming into our Big Lottery Community project. Four survivors of domestic abuse attended a series of research training workshops and are being given the opportunity to work alongside our researcher; Dr Lucy Hadfield, learning the skills involved to design and conduct a community research project. The project will help RISE understand the needs and experiences of women from marginalised groups and better improve our service.

Community Engagement

Ask Me Ambassadors

We have given 55 Ask Me Ambassadors across Brighton & Hove and East Sussex domestic abuse awareness training, including how to start conversations on the topic, and challenging some of the myths, stereotypes and victim blaming to increase capacity out in the community.

If your job means you come into contact with the general public and you are interested in becoming an Ask Me Ambassador – please click here.

Community Engagement

Reaching hard to hear communities

We have supported and collaborated with women with multiple disadvantages: women who are homeless, older women and disabled women, to learn how best to support them effectively.

We have started important conversations with BME communities across Brighton & Hove about the ways to address healthy relationships, and how safe spaces can be offered for support in these communities.

Community Engagement

We know that on average a survivor of domestic abuse will tell five people before she gets the help she needs. Our community engagement work helps us reach as many women as possible.

Community Engagement