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The Dash Charity

Supporting people experiencing Domestic Abuse in the communities of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire for 45 years.

Our Achievements

We provide specialist support

We provide specialist support to adults and children experiencing mental health issues, modern slavery, immigration, trafficking, homelessness and complex needs associated with Domestic Abuse, empowering them to live a life beyond crisis and ensuring their voices are heard.

We help victims access free legal help, obtain injunctions, arrange for them to have screens and video-links if giving evidence at court and we will support them on the day.

We also speak up for them and advocate on their behalf with housing teams, police, social care. We provide safety devices to help them feel safer in their own home and help source donations of anything they need to make their life a little easier or a little brighter whilst they are trying to stay safe.

Our programmes help women, children and men recognise tactics of abuse, so they can feel more empowered and break the cycle of abuse.

Achievements

Each Year it is estimated that 

Key statistics about domestic abuse in England and Wales *

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People in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse

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Female Victims (8.2% of the population)

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Male Victims (4% of the population)

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People in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse
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Women per month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales
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of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others
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People in the UK are at high and imminent risk of being murdered or seriously injured as a result of domestic abuse
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Women per month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales
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of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others

What is

Guidance

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, bullying, threatening, or violent behaviour, by a partner, ex-partner, or family member. But it isn’t just physical violence – domestic abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, economic, and psychological abuse. Abusive behaviour can happen in any relationship and it can continue even after the relationship has ended.

Support

What We Do

Our Services

If you're experiencing domestic abuse we'll provide a range of services that will help to keep you safe and give you and your family a positive future

Covid 19

LGBTQ+

BAMER Abuse

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Community Support

Children & Young people

Refuge Accomodation

COVID-19

For Essential Work

Supporting victims of domestic abuse has always been difficult, but now due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we find ourselves in unprecedented times.

We have a huge battle now. We need to both protect our staff and continue to provide essential support services to our clients.

We are asking you to give £10 monthly or one-off donation today. That’s £2.50 a week. Domestic abuse has risen by at least 30% in other countries affected by the virus and our community will be affected similarly.

We need to provide 1:2:1 support for the traumatised victims, young people and children we work with and without funding, this work cannot continue. Please give today if you are able to and please look after yourselves and your families.

Urgent Appeal

Victim Experiences

Domestic Abuse Stories

Samsa was a travelling salesman and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustration

Femi

I came into refuge last year after police were called by my neighbour. My partner had beaten me for over 4 hours – I

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Huma

From the beginning of my marriage, my husband hit me. I was treated like a slave. He was controlling and jealous, would spend our

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Liam

We supported Liam in our safehouse after the family had fled from violence at home. Liam barely spoke to anyone. Liam had been told

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2 days ago
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If you have picked up your copy of @absolutelybucksandberks you will see some info about our charity, @openspacessociety and @devere_hotels with @nhscharitiestogether .

Thank you for helping us reach out to our local community.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and it’s often not physical.
It’s financial abuse, control related to children, isolation, jealousy, etc.

If you think you might be in an abusive relationship don’t feel ashamed. The shame is not yours to carry. Don’t remain silent.
We can help- call our confidential helpline on 01753 549865.💜
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If you have picked up your copy of @absolutelybucksandberks you will see some info about our charity, @openspacessociety and @devere_hotels with @nhscharitiestogether .

Thank you for helping us reach out to our local community.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and it’s often not physical.
It’s financial abuse, control related to children, isolation, jealousy, etc.

If you think you might be in an abusive relationship don’t feel ashamed. The shame is not yours to carry. Don’t remain silent.
We can help- call our confidential helpline on 01753 549865.💜
7 days ago
The Dash Charity

Today is #WhiteRibbonDay
The day we ask men to stand with us and make a pledge never to commit, condone or stay silent towards domestic abuse.

* Start a conversation and make a pledge via the White Ribbon website
* Make your workplace a safe place for women
* Look at your own behaviour- if you need help go to @respect_uk and check out their courses
* Donate to your local domestic abuse organisation- they need your help to continue supporting women (and men) .
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Today is #WhiteRibbonDay 
The day we ask men to stand with us and make a pledge never to commit, condone or stay silent towards domestic abuse.

* Start a conversation and make a pledge via the White Ribbon website 
* Make your workplace a safe place for women 
* Look at your own behaviour- if you need help go to @respect_uk and check out their courses 
* Donate to your local domestic abuse organisation- they need your help to continue supporting women (and men) .
7 days ago
The Dash Charity

Today is White Ribbon Day - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
One in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse at some point in their life. Within the Royal Borough, there were 2,824 domestic abuse incidents recorded by police during 2020/21 – an average of eight reports a day.

Councillor Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, Health and Mental Health, said: “We have excellent joint-working and initiatives in the Royal Borough to support community safety, whether in the home or on a night out, and we’re using the platform of White Ribbon Day to shine a spotlight on these over the 16 days.
“These include year-round multi-agency collaboration via the Community Safety Partnership, the council’s own Community Wardens, domestic abuse charity Dash, police operation Project Vigilant, the Windsor Street Angels and the codeword assistance schemes Ask for Angela and Ask for ANI.
“While most murders of women are committed by men they already know, and fortunately the Royal Borough is a very safe place to live and visit, events of this year have brought to the fore women’s very real experiences and fears of male violence, abuse, harassment, and predatory behaviour.
“As we mark White Ribbon campaign, it’s clear we all have our part to play in tackling male violence, abuse and harassment towards women, especially the many many good guys in our community who always treat others with equality and respect.
“Let’s continue to lead by example, let’s question abusive attitudes and behaviours in others, let’s call out sexism and let’s all make the White Ribbon promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence towards women.”

Alison Bourne, Chief Executive of the Dash Charity, said: “Dash supports over 1,500 victims of domestic abuse across the Royal Borough each year, but the pandemic has triggered a UK-wide escalation of domestic abuse incidents and we’ve seen referrals to our services soar for both adults and children. We are delighted to partner with the Royal Borough in standing together against violence against women as part of this year’s White Ribbon Day.”

Matthew Barber, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “I am determined to ensure that Thames Valley Police have the right focus on domestic abuse, protection of women in public places and the prosecution of rape and sexual assault.
“There are positive initiatives being driving by the police, but we all know there is much work still to be done. However the police cannot tackle this problem on their own and we need to work with other organisations and the public to ensure that women are safer in our society.”

If you are a victim of domestic abuse, support is available 24/7. In an emergency, always call 999. If you can’t speak, call 999 and press 55; please stay on the line, listen to the call handler and answer questions, either by pushing buttons or coughing.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline is free and open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.

The Dash Charity helpline – 01753 549865 – is open Monday-Wednesday from 9.30am-2.30pm and Thursday- Friday 9.30am-4pm.
All the Royal Borough’s libraries are designated safe spaces for reporting domestic abuse.

#AllMenCan #WhiteRibbonDay #YouAreNotAlone #NoExcuseForAbuse

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