Paula DeVaux is currently working as a Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator for Norfolk, co-designer and facilitator of Norfolk’s Domestic Abuse Champion Network. The network has been a hugely successful project, with the key aim of upskilling frontline practitioners in identifying and effectively responding to Domestic Abuse. Since the commencement of the programme back in 2015, the Change Project has gone from strength to strength, winning a number of local and national awards, including The MJ Local Government Achievement Award 2018 for Public Health Improvement and awarded Norfolk County Councils Employee of the Year 2017.
Paula was initially seconded into this role from the National Probation Service, having worked in the Criminal Justice System for 12 years. Having qualified as a Probation Officer in 2005 with a BA Hons Degree in Community and Criminal Justice, Paula’s passion for working with domestic abuse developed, soon becoming her specialism.
Throughout her career she has been promoted into a number of roles including facilitating and Treatment Managing intervention programmes for male perpetrators of DA, Women’s Safety Officer Train The Trainer, MARAC Chair (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) and Senior Probation Officer. As a Senior Probation Officer Paula supervised, managed and appraised the work, performance and conduct of a team of Probation Officers and Trainees, whilst holding the strategic lead for Domestic Abuse and Female Offenders.
Paula is a qualified and experienced facilitator in a range a of interventions including IDAP (Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme), Women’s Safety Officer Train The Trainer, Freedom Programme, Whos’ In Charge, Escape The Trap and DASH Trainer (Domestic Abuse Stalking & Harassment Risk Assessment Tool). Paula has a highly respected reputation in her field and brings to the team a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to make positive change.