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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
0%
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

For Men

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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Stories

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3 days ago
The Dash Charity

A couple of 'thank you's' this week - firstly to the wonderful teams at @Kinnarps who have welcomed us each time we use their office space for meetings. We really appreciate this!!

Also, to Beaconsfield Town F.C. who are kindly supporting some of our families over the summer. Fun times ahead!

We really do appreciate the time and effort our community partners go to in order to support our charity and our families. Thank you so much!

#localcharity #buckinghamshire #berkshire #communitysupport #summertimefun
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A couple of thank yous this week - firstly to the wonderful teams at @Kinnarps  who have welcomed us each time we use their office space for meetings. We really appreciate this!!

Also, to Beaconsfield Town F.C.  who are kindly supporting some of our families over the summer. Fun times ahead! 

We really do appreciate the time and effort our community partners go to in order to support our charity and our families. Thank you so much!

#localcharity #buckinghamshire  #berkshire #communitysupport #summertimefunImage attachment
3 days ago
The Dash Charity

Another thank you to Helen who just dropped off these lovely donations of brand new The Body Shop items.

It may ‘only’ seem like a few toiletries but to women that can’t afford those little luxuries because finances are tight, it can make all the difference.
It lets them know people care. It lets them know it’s ok to care for yourself. It gives them hope.

Thank you💜
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Another thank you to Helen who just dropped off these lovely donations of brand new The Body Shop items.

It may ‘only’ seem like a few toiletries but to  women that can’t afford those little luxuries because finances are tight, it can make all the difference.
It lets them know people care. It lets them know it’s ok to care for yourself. It gives them hope.

Thank you💜
4 days ago
The Dash Charity

We have another exciting opportunity to join The Dash Charity team!
If you have experience and are keen and passionate about supporting survivors of domestic abuse then get in touch!
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We have another exciting opportunity to join The Dash Charity team! 
If you have experience and are keen and passionate about supporting survivors of domestic abuse then get in touch!Image attachment
2 weeks ago
The Dash Charity

*A few months ago a local police officer rang our telephone helpline asking for advice and support for a young lady, *Sara, who had been trafficked from abroad, exploited by men and abused for months. Sara was young, vulnerable, in a dangerous situation.
Other professionals had tried to help her in the past, but Sara struggled to break free, still believing that one of the men loved her.
Sara was not eligible for benefits, couldn't access refuge and was feeling completely hopeless.

Our Complex Needs specialist, Mirka, met Sara with the police officer, several times, gradually gained her trust and together they made a plan. Mirka worked together with police who were amazing, providing funding for Sara, so she no longer had to return to the 'home' where she was being abused.

Mirka provided food and toiletries for Sara and over the next couple of weeks she continued liaising with social care and discussing all the options with Sara.
Eventually Sara decided she wanted to return to her proper home, in the country she came from. Mirka and police supported Sara to the Embassy in London to get emergency travel documents, and were able to organise safe travel home for her.

This is what police had to say about our support for Sara:
"Sara left the country yesterday. Mirka did an amazing job escorting her to London, which wasn’t without its challenges as at times Sara did not make it easy. But Mirka stuck at it and I am very grateful for her amazing work and support of Sara in this instance. She really did go above and beyond the call of duty!""

We hope Sara is safe with her family now and able to rebuild her life away from the dangers of those who prey on the most vulnerable, and well done Mirka!

* Sara is not her real name but this case is real.
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*A few months ago a local police officer rang our telephone helpline asking for advice and support for a young lady, *Sara,  who had been trafficked from abroad, exploited by men and abused for months. Sara was young, vulnerable, in a dangerous situation. 
Other professionals had tried to help her in the past, but Sara struggled to break free, still believing that one of the men loved her. 
Sara was not eligible for benefits, couldnt access refuge and was feeling completely hopeless. 

Our Complex Needs specialist, Mirka, met Sara with the police officer, several times, gradually gained her trust and together they made a plan. Mirka worked together with police who were amazing,  providing funding for Sara, so she no longer had to return to the home where she was being abused. 

Mirka  provided food and toiletries for Sara and over the next couple of weeks she continued liaising with social care and discussing all the options with Sara. 
Eventually Sara decided she wanted to return to her proper home, in the country she came from. Mirka and police supported Sara to the Embassy in London to get emergency travel documents, and were able to organise  safe travel home for her. 

This is what police had to say about our support for Sara: 
Sara left the country yesterday. Mirka did an amazing job escorting her to London, which wasn’t without its challenges as at times Sara did not make it easy. But Mirka stuck at it and I am very grateful for her amazing work and support of Sara in this instance. She really did go above and beyond the call of duty!

We hope Sara is safe with her family now and able to rebuild her life away from the dangers of those who prey on the most vulnerable, and well done Mirka! 

* Sara is not her real name but this case is real.

Comment on Facebook

Very proud of you Mirka x

Well done and thank you Mirka Naplavova 👏

You are amazing Mirka Naplavova 🥰

3 weeks ago
The Dash Charity

We need your help again! We have clients who are having to restart their lives with nothing, and we try to provide basic items to aid them as part of our support. If you can help with any of the items below, please get in touch and we can arrange collection.
Thankyou 🙏
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We need your help again! We have clients who are having to restart their lives with nothing, and we try to provide basic items to aid them as part of our support. If you can help with any of the items below, please get in touch and we can arrange collection.
Thankyou 🙏
3 weeks ago
The Dash Charity

We’re at #BeattheBoat today on the brocas in Eton. Come and say hi! 💜 ... See MoreSee Less

We’re at #BeattheBoat today on the brocas in Eton. Come and say hi! 💜Image attachmentImage attachment

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Go team! 💜💜

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