The Dash Charity has been supporting victims of domestic abuse since 1976 through a variety of ways; we started out back then as East Berkshire Women’s Aid and then Berkshire East & South Bucks Women’s Aid before rebranding earlier this year to The Dash Charity.
We manage three refuges that can accommodate up to 14 families at anyone time. In our refuges, families receive intensive tailor made support and safety plans, and can stay with us from several months to a whole year. Uniquely, each resident will also be assessed by our Mental Health Specialist, who will provide treatment plans and ensure that they are referred to any specialist clinical services.
We also run an award winning Advocacy and Outreach Service which we set up in 2008 to support victims of domestic abuse within the local community. Our Advocacy and Outreach Team focus on ensuring that victims of domestic abuse, and any of their dependent children, are able to access the support that they need and that they are safe while living in the community. Through this service we can refer any children of the victim to our Children’s Services Team.
In 2009 we extended our reach to male victims of domestic abuse, providing them with Advocacy and Outreach Services as well as refuge accommodation from 2012.