RBWM – New partnership tackles domestic abuse

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

Press Release 19.04.18

The Royal Borough has extended its commitment to tackling domestic abuse by entering into a new partnership with The DASH Charity to offer dedicated support and advice to families.

The service, which launched on the 1st April, provides independent advocates for adults and children who may be at risk of domestic abuse to help them to remain safe, as well as an outreach service

Cllr Stuart Carroll, cabinet member for adult services, public health and communications, said: “Domestic abuse is a terrible crime and we will do whatever we can to help individuals and families affected by it.

“This extended service will make a real difference to some of our most vulnerable residents offering them support when they need it most.

“Independent advocates will work closely with both adults and children helping them address their individual needs.

“Having a dedicated advocate for children will help them recover from their experiences and move forward positively with their lives.

Domestic abuse includes controlling, coercive and threatening behaviour or violence.

Jayne Donnelly, chief executive of The DASH Charity said: “One in four women, one in five children and one in six men will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetimes.

“We have been helping victims for over 40 years and we are delighted the borough recognises the importance of ensuring adequate provision is available and values our track record in delivering sustainable outcomes to victims of domestic abuse.

“The partnership will allow people affected by domestic abuse to access the specialist dedicated support and advice they need in a safe and timely way.”

The Royal Borough has commissioned The DASH Charity to provide support for the next two years.

The Royal Borough will continue to work with partner organisations, including Thames Valley Police and the voluntary sector to offer a range of support services.

If you are concerned about anyone or need to talk to an advisor you can contact The DASH Charity by emailing info or phoning 01753 549865.


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