Before VAV, all eight of us had first-hand experience of domestic abuse and of different services such as the police, courts, mental health services and homelessness services. For some of us support was a long time coming. Some of us campaigned for the first outreach support and group work for children in Scotland. Three of us actually had more recent experience of the new outreach services, as well as the new CEDAR group work programme that was being pioneered in different areas. Going into VAV, all of this gave us the wide range of knowledge, skills and experience needed to be a young expert.
The VAV Founders look forward to passing on our passion and success to a new group of young experts.