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THE DAISY PROJECT: Providing an integrated domestic abuse advocacy and support service.

Originally called Castlemilk Domestic Violence Project, our organisation was formed in 2000 out of a need identified within the local community. The project has evolved over the years and is now called The Daisy Project, (Domestic Abuse Integrated Support for You). We currently offer services to families across the South of Glasgow.

Our staff are all qualified IDAA's (Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates) with some of them being among the first in Scotland to qualify. We also have staff members who contribute to IDAA training sessions as well as having trained with Glasgow Violence against Women Partnership to facilitate awareness raising sessions.

Our IDAA's have extensive experience of supporting women to court during criminal proceedings. However, our project is unique in that we support our client's longer term. This has also allowed us to build up extensive experience of supporting women through civil court proceedings, particularly around contact with children.

We work to the Scottish Government's definition of Domestic Abuse;

"Domestic Abuse, as gendered based violence, can be perpetrated by partners or ex partners and can include physical abuse (assault and physical attack involving a range of behaviour), sexual abuse (acts which degrade and humiliate women and are perpetrated against their will, including rape) and mental and emotional abuse (such as threats, verbal abuse, racial abuse, withholding money and other types of controlling behaviour such as isolation from family and friends)."

Source: National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse in Scotland, Scottish Partnership on Domestic Abuse, Edinburgh, November 2000