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About Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic Abuse is a crime and is taken very seriously. It can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, sexuality, social status or geographical location. Did you know that at some point in their lives, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse? It will also affect children, the wider family and friends. 

Domestic Abuse is a pattern of aggressive and controlling behaviour by one person towards another within the context of an intimate relationship. This behaviour comes from the abuser’s desire for power and control, and can take many forms including:

  • Coercion & Threats –Threatening to hurt you, leave you, commit suicide, making you do illegal things and then make you drop any charges.

  • Intimidation – Making you afraid by using looks, actions, gestures, displaying weapons, smashing things, and sometimes abusing pets.

  • Emotional Abuse – Putting you down, humiliating you, calling you names, and making you feel guilty or think you’re crazy.

  • Isolation – Controlling what you do, who you see, who you talk to and where you go.

  • Financial – Preventing you from getting a job, making you ask for money, taking your money, denying access to family income.

  • Minimising, Denying & Blaming – Making light of the abuse, shifting responsibility for the abusive behaviour, blaming it on you.

  • Using Children – Making you feel guilty about the children, using contact with children to harass you, threatening to take the children away.

  • Physical Assaults – Punching, slapping, kicking, strangling and choking you.

What you or someone you know may be experiencing can be a combination of any of these.

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 

Watch our Volunteer Video

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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