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At Ascension Island the main support for domestic abuse comes from the Ascension Island Government (AIG) social worker based at Two Boats Village. When required, the social worker may refer individuals on to support at the Mount Pleasant Complex, wider SSAFA resources and possibly Port Stanley. Standby support is available, as required, and the welfare support team are also available for unaccompanied personnel should there be problems at home. Whilst the AIG social worker does not run open clinics, she is available on an ‘as required’ basis, as is the Padre; both will offer focussed support.
Domestic Violence help (Ascension Island Government)
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Ascension Island Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures
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‘The [St Helena and Ascension Island Child Safety] Review found there were problems relating to premature sexual activity with teenage girls on both islands, some of which was clearly abusive and exploitative. The grooming of girls in their early teenage years by older men was seen as an issue in need of comprehensive attention. Efforts on Ascension Island to curb this had proved counterproductive in the short term, as the police methods had alienated some of those they were attempting to assist and protect. Efforts on St Helena to deal with the same problem have been more productive.
The Reviewers make a number of suggestions as to how the targeting of girls for sex might be challenged, by way of a public education initiative leading to the engagement of the wider society in safeguarding through consciousness raising. The Reviewers identified, in certain quarters, a cultural acceptance of the premature sexualisation of children, and hope that a programme of public education which sparks debate will challenge this feature. In addition to a public education campaign and initiative in terms of sexual abuse and exploitation, the Reviewers consider that public health messages in relation to alcohol should also be promoted, since alcohol appeared to have been used as a grooming tool in a number of abuse cases. The Reviewers supported the introduction of a ‘Children in Bars’ Ordinance on Ascension, which was designed to reduce the exposure of children to alcohol, specifically its effects upon the adults they were in company with, in the evenings.’
Source: The St Helena and Ascension Island Child Safety Review www.sainthelena.gov.sh/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Ascension-St-Helena-Public-Summary-27-sept.pdf