SATEDA was established in 2009, and was known as Swale Domestic Violence Forum until April 2012 when its name changed to Swale Action To End Domestic Abuse (SATEDA). In 2018 they have removed Swale from the title and now deliver services outside of that geographical area.
It has grown from one member of staff, Rebecca Perry – Swale Domestic Abuse Coordinator. Rebecca started up Sittingbourne One Stop Shop in August 2009 and employed first team member, Liza Thompson, to coordinate this in January 2010.SATEDA has since grown in size and currently has 20 members of staff and more than 20 volunteers.
SATEDAs vision is to end domestic abuse. Enabling people to end the cycle of domestic abuse with education, support and advocate for victims of domestic abuse and their families. Through one to one support, drop in and one stop shop provision, counselling, freedom programme and follow group programmes, support2court project, a telephone call back system and an employability programme, we strive to offer a service which increases choices and gives victims a voice – enabling them to live a life free from fear.
SATEDA is a charity, with the following charitable objects:
In March 2018 SATEDAs volunteers won a Swale Borough Council volunteers’ award and in 2016 SATEDA were shortlisted for the Kent Charity Awards and have been awarded Kent Messenger group’s charity of the year 2015.
SATEDA provides direct access to support, advocacy and advice for victims of domestic abuse through a range of service provisions.
Clients can access help from us directly through self referral by coming to one of our One Stop Shops or Drop In services.
Additionally, we take referrals from professionals of any agency, or we accept IDVA referrals through the MARAC process.
After receiving a referral, or when we meet a client at one of our drop-in services, we undertake some information gathering with the client and complete a risk assessment. We will also provide some initial safety planning advice and provide relevant sign-posting. In consultation with the client, we will create a support plan and allocate them to the most relevant form of support, depending on their risk level and how they would like to be supported.
The support we offer clients includes one to one support from domestic violence support workers. We also offer phone support, counselling, Freedom Programme, Power2Change programme, Support2Court project, and employability programme, giving survivors of abuse the chance to volunteer within the organisation.