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How Can DASAT Help?

Our women's workers provide friendly and confidential support in the following areas:

  • Safety planning
  • Advice
  • Emotional support
  • Information
  • Support to children (one to one and in groups)
  • Advocate on behalf of women and children with relevant services
  • Support for rape and sexual assault survivors
  • Support for court appearances and other processes
  • Specialist housing advice and support to stay safely in home
  • Emergency housing
  • Improve safety of women in their own home
  • Specialist support for black and other minority women
  • Specialist advice on employment and training
  • Support with mental health issues
  • Specialist support with substance misuse issues
  • Counselling service for adult survivors of child sexual abuse and/or domestic abuse

Service for adult survivors of domestic and sexual abuse

The DASAT team includes a counsellor seconded from Open Secret. This worker offers a service to adult survivors of child sexual abuse and, more recently, the service has been opened up to adult survivors of domestic abuse. Surgeries are held throughout West Lothian - please contact us for details

Training

The DASAT team can provide specialist training on issues surrounding violence against women and children. Please contact us for further information.

Children and Young People Service

One-to one - Services to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse are delivered in a range of ways to meet their individual needs which can include both individual support and group work programmes. Individual Support to children and young people is tailored to suit their age, ability, awareness and individual needs and circumstances. It is available to children and young people in the refuge or in the community. It generally involves safety planning and looking at feelings and emotions, anger and aggression and other relevant topics and can use mediums such as art, games and other opportunities according to each individual child and his or her preferences.

Group work - Group Work is targeted at 5-7 year olds, 7-9 year olds and 9-11 year olds. The programme includes feelings/emotions, anger/aggression, safety and other topics. Generally, when children are 3 years or under, support to the mother/main carer is considered to benefit the child in a more sustainable way than just individualised attention to the child. This can include work with the mother on play, routines, safety, emotional security and other factors.

Schools work - Preventative Education Programme - In recognition of the importance of effecting culture change among children and young people on the issues of Domestic Abuse, DASAT and Education have worked with key partner agencies to deliver a preventative education programme and/or awareness raising sessions to secondary schools within West Lothian. It is envisaged that this work will be piloted in some primary schools in the near future.

Art Therapy Group

Our Open Secret counsellor facilitates an Art Therapy Group which takes place every Tuesday at the Howden Park Centre in Livingston. The group is open to adult survivors of abuse and it offers the opportunity to engage in a specialised therapeutic service.

How to contact us:

Domestic and Sexual Assault Team
West Lothian Council
Civic Centre
Howden South Road
Livingston
EH54 6FF.

Tel. 01506 281055
Mobile/Text: 07818 421480 or 07917 582539 (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Email: dasat@westlothian.gov.uk