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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


BREAKING NEWS: DAVSS is looking for a full-time Operations Manager! 


We are excited to announce that we are seeking an Operations Manager who will work closely with the charity’s Trustees to deliver support services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, as well as raise awareness of abuse and promote healthy relationships. You will inspire, lead and manage a small, highly committed, energetic and motivated team of professional managers, staff and volunteers focused on delivering high quality client-centred volunteer services. Working with partners and other stakeholders is also a critical part of this role.


To learn more, click here!


Posted: 03/01/2018


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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Text DAVS05 £5 to 70070
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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


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

DAVSS Newsletter Christmas 2017

Click here to read the latest Newsletter.       Read More

Day 16 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Domestic Abuse – Highlighting the hidden costs Each day for the last 16 we have highlighted one aspect of domestic abuse; how it remains a taboo and an under-reported crime, the cost to heal... Read More

Day 15 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Volunteering... simply the most rewarding thing I have ever done

Volunteering with DAVSS as a Domestic Abuse Advisor is quite simply the most rewarding thing I have ever done. A colleague suggested I should sign up for the trai... Read More

Day 14 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse Awareness for Youth (DAY Programme)  DAY is a multimedia programme using short films, advertisements and chart music to raise awareness and provide educ... Read More

Day 13 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Helping Victims Break the Cycle Understanding why perpetrators of domestic abuse do what they do can be the key to changing behaviours and rebuilding self-confidence. DAVSS and other groups organise the Freedom Programme which is a 12 week programme... Read More

Day 12 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Support to Court DAVSS prides itself in listening to clients and providing the level of support each one requires. Domestic Abuse is traumatic for them all, the importance of feeling safe cannot be under-estimated and some need to apply for court injunctions to a... Read More

Day 11 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

A 'Thank you' It is an honour and privilege to provide help and support to people experiencing domestic abuse. Knowing victims are on the road to rebuilding their lives makes the work of a volunteer domestic abuse advisor so reward... Read More

Day 10 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Cyber Stalking With the popularity of the internet and social networking sites, cyberstalking has opened up a whole new element of risk for victims of domestic abuse. Online behaviour by a partner, family member or someone else can also be abusive i... Read More

MP Greg Clark shows his ongoing support for DAVSS

Mark Hutcheon, CEO of DAVSS (Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services), met with Greg Clark MP on Saturday as part of Greg’s continued and valued support for the work of the charity.


Mark ... Read More

Day 8 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence


Being Stalked? Would you know?

Most victims of stalking are totally unaware. Although many think of stalkers as strangers, research shows stalking is more often committed by former or current partners. The Bri... Read More

Day 6 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

DAY 6  –  In a Healthy Relationship? Relationships are so important for our personal wellbeing. Do you know if your relationship is healthy? Look at each statement below, and answer Yes or No to each one: ... Read More

Day 5 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

DAY 5 – Coercion & Control

They say sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you. Oh if only that was... Read More

Day 4 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

DAY 4 – Tuesday 28th November 2017 Impact of Domestic Abuse It is estimated that Domestic Abuse costs us all more than £23 billion per annum. This takes into account the cost... Read More

Day 3 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

DAY 3 – Case Study – Susan (not her real name) has one teenage daughter. She contacted DAVSS after a particularly violent physical assault which was witnessed by her daughter and reported that her husband had turned on her... Read More

Day 2 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Sunday 26th November 2017 Inspire and Be Inspired – Volunteer with DAVSS Inspire... Read More

Day 1 of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse

DAY 1 – Saturday 25th November 2017 Mark Hutcheon – CEO of DAVSS Blog T... 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

Support DAVSS by playing the Tunbridge Wells Lotto!

17/07/2017 - TW Lotto is an exciting new weekly lottery supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council that raises money for good causes in Tunbridge Wells, including DAVSS.  Tickets for the lottery cost just £1 per week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning a prize... 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

Tom Tugendhat MP visits DAVSS

14/11/2016 - It was great to host Tom Tugendhat (MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling) at DAVSS' office on Friday 11th November. We... Read More

DAVSS wins top prize at the Heart of the Community Awards

11/11/2016 - We are thrilled to announce that DAVSS won the top prize at the Heart of the Community Awards last night. The whole team has been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the local community and we would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who voted for DAVSS. ... Read More

Thank you for your votes - we are finalists at the Heart of the Community Awards 2016!

27/10/2016 - Thank you to everyone who voted for DAVSS for the Heart of the Community Awards 2016 which were advertised in the Courier and Chronicle newspapers. We are delighted to announce that DAVSS has been... Read More


27/10/2016 - We are just coming to the end of our current training course for new Volunteer Domestic Abuse Advisors and we are delighted to say we have a fantastic group of men and women ready to start shadowing our current volunteers. In view of the success of th... Read More

A HUGE Thank You to our Wonderful Cycling Fundraisers!

04/07/2016 - Two wonderful gentlemen, Lodewijk and Ruairi, completed the gruelling 100-mile La Marmotte cycling challenge in the Alps on Saturday 2nd July to raise money for DAVSS.  Not only did they complete the challenge, they did so in GOLD-standard ti... Read More

Success at Sevenoaks District Council's ‘Making it Happen’ Awards

24/06/2016 - The Sevenoaks District Council ‘Making it Happen’ Voluntary and Community Awards recognise groups and individuals who have made a notable contribution to their community. We are very proud to announce that at the recent... 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, John Coldman Foundation, Kent Community Foundation, Sir Thomas Smythe’s Charity, Violence Against Women and Girls Service Transformation Fund, Town & Country Housing Group, West Kent Housing Association, AXA PPP, M&S Food Hall Tonbridge, local businesses, voluntary organisations, schools, local churches and many private individual donors. 

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

Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service (DAVSS) is a Company Limited by Guarantee No. 7660698 - Registered Charity No. 1143001.