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Voiced by Tom Baker
A Joe Whelski & Nick Goodey Production
Directed and Designed by Reuben McNaughton
Music & Sound by Hexany Audio
Produced by Tamsin Hicks, Joe Whelski and Nick Goodey
Written by Joe Whelski & Nick Goodey and Reuben McNaughton
Special Thanks to: Louise Jameson, Richard Ludlow, Passion Pictures, Jade Wheldon, Jan Berry, Sue Dunn, Liz Jarvis, and Mila Milosevic









 Operating in Sevenoaks District, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells Boroughs, from Swanley in the north, Edenbridge in the west, Aylesford in the east and Hawkhurst in the south, we are a West Kent charity supporting women and men experiencing domestic abuse.



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Suffering from Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Abuse is a hidden crime. It canhappen to anyone - women or men - anytime, and anywhere. It can have a dramatic and negative impact on the health, safety and well-being of anyone in this situation.


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Getting Help

DAVSS is a key West Kent based registered charity, here to help and support those affected by domestic abuse. We offer an easily accessible helpline, vital face to face support, risk assessments and safety planning for every client.


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What do we do?

Are you experiencing domestic abuse? You can take action. Our trained volunteer Domestic Abuse Advisors offer a listening ear, talk through practical choices and options, and provide specialist support when needed most.


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Helping Us

Our Domestic Abuse Advisors are here to support clients on a one-to-one basis. We always need more people to join our existing team of dedicated volunteer workers. Find out more on how to be a part of DAVSS.


Become a DAVSS volunteer


New voluntary post of Company Secretary/Treasurer

Could you volunteer as a Company Secretary/Treasurer?  - just around 5 - 6 hours a week and your support will help transform the lives of those we help to break the cycle of abuse.  Full details in our online pack here Read More

Male Victim Workshop 6.3.19

We held a really effective workshop yesteday in Hildenborough,  to enable a wide range of practitioners to more fully recognise and understand male victims of abuse.  Matthew Scott, Police Crime Commisioner, attended to support us and gave a short talk about the wo... Read More

Volunteers Wanted

We start our new training course for volunteer domestic abuse advisers on 28th Feb and still have a few places available.  Training is on Thursdays and Fridays for several weeks and based in T.Wells.  Are you retired or have time in the day and want to change lives for the better?  If... Read More

Christmas Newsletter

We  have just published our Christmas Newsletter  - we hope you read the news and articles and share it with your friends, colleagues and family. Read More

Day 16 – The amazing benefits of breaking the cycle of abuse

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Day 15 - Our Volunteers

Jenny is a recent volunteer and we asked her:

  • How did you find out about DAVSS?
I found out via I had not heard of DAVSS before .
  • What made you volunteer?
I was retired from the NHS, due to health grounds, ... Read More

Day 14 - Domestic Abuse – Break the Cycle….in the workplace

Would you recognise when a member of staff is suffering from domestic abuse? •       Frequent absences, lateness, needing to leave early • &nbs... Read More

Day 13 – Are you abusive towards your partner?

Domestic Abuse includes a range of behaviours including actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. Do you understand how your behaviour effects your partner and/or your children?&n... Read More

Day 12 - Are you in a Healthy Relationship?

Answer Yes or No to each of the following questions

The person I am with;

  1.  Is very support... Read More

    Day 11 - “Unfortunately, men and boys are often reluctant to speak out for fear of being stigmatised or not believed …..”

    Domestic Abuse is still largely seen as a women’s issue, yet 1 in 5 men will experience domestic abuse at some point in the life. A male client recently wrote to thank DAVSS for the support they had received &hellip... Read More

    Day 10 - Alice always wanted to believe her husband would change

    Alice was married with two children under the age of 7. She had been in an abusive and controlling relationship for over 10 years. Whenever she tried to leave and end the relationship he became increasingly controlling and... Read More

    Day 9 - Become a Friend of DAVSS

    DAVSS relies on volunteers and supporters to support victims of domestic abuse across West Kent. We literally could not do it without them. We understand not everyone wants, has the time or is able to become a volunteer su... Read More

    Day 8 – Domestic Abuse is not a private issue it costs UK business over £2 billion a year - Sign the Pledge

    While predominantly seen as a “women’s issue” domestic abuse is in fact a health and well being issue. 16 Days of Positive Action Against Domestic Abuse is aimed primarily at the business community. The h... Read More

    Day 7 – How are we trying to prevent young people becoming victims as they move into adulthood?

    For some time, DAVSS has been delivering the DAY programme to West Kent secondary schools when schools have invited us to do this.  The programme delivers an understanding of healthy relationships and keeping safe. Th... Read More

    Day 6 - Children are the hidden victims of domestic abuse

    DAVSS received over 600 referrals from victims of domestic abuse in West Kent last year, IN THE BACKGROUND WERE OVER 1,000 CHILDREN.  The impact of witnessing or listening to abuse can be devastating for young people.... Read More

    Day 5 - Male Victims

    Men are victims too although many don't perceive the abusive behaviour of a partner or family member is domestic abuse.  If you suspect any of your male friends, family or colleagues are in an abusive situation encourage them to seek help. Read More

    Day 4 – Domestic Abuse – Look beyond violence & fights to Coercive Control

    Broken bones and unexplained bruises might be obvious signs of domestic violence but you need to look beyond these to something more subtle, sinister and disarming. In the UK we use the term domestic abuse rather than domestic violence to highlight how abuse goes far beyond violence and a fight. Co... Read More

    Day 3 - Giving Tuesday

    Today is Giving Tuesday, an opportunity to give something back to your local community. DAVSS relies on the generosity of all our volunteers and funders. If you are able to donate time to DAVSS we are able to use it, give... Read More

    Day 2 - Domestic Abuse costs the NHS £1.4 billion pounds every year.

    Domestic abuse has a considerable impact on health and wellbeing. Aside from treating physical injuries, 68% of people who experience domestic abuse will also suffer clinical depression, one third of these will suffer from PTSD.  The health service is in a unique position to recognise the signs... Read More

    Day 1 – 16 Days of Positive Action Against Domestic Abuse

    Domestic Abuse knows no social bounds, would you recognise it if it happened to you, a friend or a work colleague? Domestic Abuse does not necessarily involve physical injury, abuse can be quite subtle.  75% of peopl... Read More

    16 Days of Positive Action Against Domestic Abuse

    Hi, my name is Henu Cummins and I have the privilege to be the CEO of DAVSS, the award winning West Kent Domestic Abuse charity. DAVSS (Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service) professionally trains volunteer members of the community to provide support to women and men who are experiencing domestic... Read More

    'Best Group' runner-up at Tunbridge Wells Love Where We Live awards

    10/10/2018 - We were delighted to be announced as Runner-up in the Best Group category at last night's Love Where We Live awards, organised by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.  Awards such as these are testament to the huge amount of time, energy and passion our volunteers give to vulnerable m... Read More

    Greg Clark MP visits DAVSS

    07/09/2018 - Domestic abuse does not always involve a black eye or other visible signs of injury! Doctors and health professionals across West Kent will be better able to identify the violent and non-violent signs of domestic abuse following a series of presentations from DAVSS, the West Kent based ... Read More

    DAVSS is looking for a Treasurer and Company Secretary

    31/08/2018 - The Treasurer/Company Secretary role is an exciting volunteering opportunity to help make a real difference to the lives of women and men in West Kent experiencing domestic abuse when they need it most.  As Treasurer and Company Secretary you will work closely with the Chair ... Read More

    Tunbridge Wells Mayor raises over £32,000 for DAVSS!

    23/05/18 - As her mayoral year drew to a close today, Julia Soyke presented DAVSS' CEO, Henu Cummins, with a cheque for an amazing total of £32,103!! We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Julia and her team for their support of DAVSS o... Read More

    M&S Sevenoaks employee running the London Marathon in aid of DAVSS

    03/04/2018 - Following the fantastic news that M&S Sevenoaks has adopted DAVSS as its charity of the year, one of their employees, Sharon, who is running the London Marathon at the end of this month, has decided to donate her sponsorship money to DAVSS.  If you are able to sponsor Sharon, ... Read More

    Support DAVSS by playing TW Lotto

    12/02/2018 - Tunbridge Wells Lotto has now been up and running for seven months and 62 local organisations, including DAVSS, have registered and are starting to raise funds through the lottery.

    To kick off 2018, TW Lotto has launched a new raffle prize draw.  They... Read More

    Wonderful legacy donation funds next volunteer training course

    15/01/2018 - We were extremely humbled to receive a legacy donation, from the father of one of our Helpline volunteers, which has enabled us to run another Quality Mark training course for new volunteers from next month. The 14-day training course will prepare 16 new volunteers to support men and wo... Read More

    M&S Tonbridge to Paris Bike Ride

    03/10/2017 - Staff at M&S Food Hall Tonbridge have been cycling to 'Paris' in store to help raise money for DAVSS. A big thank you to all those that have donated their time (and sweat!)   Read More

    DAVSS volunteers recognised at Sevenoaks District Council's Making it Happen Awards

    15/06/2017 - We are thrilled to announce that our volunteers received Certificates of Achievement at the Sevenoaks District Council Making it Happen awards ceremony held at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks last night.     One of our volunteers, Gesiena, received her award in the I... Read More

    DAVSS is chosen as Tunbridge Wells Mayor's Charity of the Year

    May 2017 - We are delighted to announce that the new Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Julia Soyke, has chosen DAVSS as her Charity of the Year. We are very honoured to have been chosen and look forward to working with her and her team over the coming year. Read More

    DAVSS March Newsletter March 2017

    Click here to download the DAVSS Spring Newsletter Read More

    Midsummer Fundraising Lunch - 22nd June 2017

    20/03/2017 - DAVSS is holding a Midsummer Lunch at the exclusive Vine Restaurant in Sevenoaks on Thursday 22nd June from 12pm. Tickets cost £35 per person and include a two-course lunch with wine. There will also be an auction and raffle. If you would like to purchase tickets or would like fu... Read More

    Greg Clark MP visits DAVSS

    01/03/2017 - DAVSS was delighted to host Greg Clark, Tunbridge Wells MP, on Friday 3rd February to show our appreciation for his ongoing support. The Times of Tunbridge Wells newspaper covered the story and you can read the full article by clicking on this link:  https://www.timesoftunbridgew... Read More

    Get In Touch with DAVSS

    Our Help Line is available from 10.00am to 1.00pm weekdays.

    Messages may be left outside these hours and will be responded to as soon as possible

    01892 570538
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    Our Supporters and Patron

    Our Patron is Louise Jameson.

    This charity is supported by Kent County Council, Kent Police, Tunbridge Wells Community Safety Partnership and Borough Council, Sevenoaks District Community Safety Partnership and District Council, Tonbridge & Malling Community Safety Partnership and Borough Council, Kent Police & Crime Commissioner, Great Stone Bridge Trust, Gatwick Airport Community Trust, Gatwick Foundation, Polebrook Trust, John Coldman Foundation, Kent Community Foundation, Sir Thomas Smythe’s Charity, Violence Against Women and Girls Service Transformation Fund, The Lawson Trust, The Whitehead Monckton Charitable Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Woodward Charitable Trust, Cole Charitable Trust, Town & Country Housing Group, West Kent Housing Association, AXA PPP, M&S Food Hall Sevenoaks, local businesses, voluntary organisations, schools, local churches and many private individuals 

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    Volunteer DAVSS CREDITS
    Created by Goodey & Whelski
    Voice Over by Colin Baker
    Special Thanks to Louise Jameson
    Written and Produced by Joe Whelski and Nick Goodey
    Animation by Ace & Son Moving Picture Co., LLC
    Richard O’Connor,
    Taisiya Zaretskaya, Designer/Lead Animatorv
    B. Alois Manayunk, Additional Animation
    Marisha Falkovich, Art Production
    Sound Design & Original Music by Jordan Meltzer

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