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Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services - talk to us

What do we do?

DAVSS is a community-based charity offering vital and practical support to anyone (men as well as women)  experiencing domestic abuse, whatever their level of risk. We will explore all the options available to you, enabling you to make informed decisions.

 

Your safety is our highest concern, so we offer free, confidential support through:

  • A Helpline available weekday mornings with 24/7 messaging, giving immediate safety advice.

 

  • Face-to-face support services at venues across the area convenient to clients, offering options for action and client choice whatever the level of risk.

 

  • Free legal advice with DAVSS pro-bono Lawyer if required.

 

  • Risk assessments to national standards for personal and family safety planning.

 

  • Referring and representing clients at the West Kent MARAC  (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) and referring children to Social Services for safeguarding where required.

 

  • Signposting to other agencies or voluntary groups e.g. Police, Social Services, CAB, Benefits and Housing, Health professionals, Counselling, legal representation, to receive specialist advice and support.

 

  • Supporting clients to court as this can often be a very daunting and frightening experience.

 

  • Assisting with paperwork for people with language or literacy difficulties.

 

  • Raising public awareness and providing training about domestic abuse by arranging presentations, workshops, attending business and community events and providing safe and healthy relationship courses for young people (the DAY programme) in schools and colleges.

 

  • Co-ordinating  and delivering the Freedom Programme which is a 12-week programme for any woman who has experienced or is experiencing domestic abuse to better understand abusive behaviours, help regain self-esteem, improve quality of life and to show the effect of domestic abuse on children.

 

  • Volunteer interpreters.

 

  • Assistance at the One Stop Shop in Tonbridge.

 

  • Deliver unique multimedia-based 'Domestic Abuse Youth' programme (DAY) to young people to promote healthy relationships, raise awareness about domestic abuse and child exploitation in a relevant and meaningful way.

 

Clients say: 

“The DAVSS volunteer spent all day in court with me. She met me, arranged to have my locks changed, and made me feel much safer. Without the support, I would have been in trouble”

 

“DAVSS helped me with things I didn’t understand, I didn’t feel isolated because I know there was someone out there to help”

 

“I felt very supported. Without DAVSS help I couldn’t see a way out.”

 

You are not alone

Even though you may feel fearful, isolated, or confused, you do not have to suffer in silence – our help is just a phone call away. Our trained volunteer Domestic Abuse Advisors won’t pressurise you to take action, we can simply help you to explore possibilities. You will not be asked to do anything you do not want to do. Call our Helpline on 01892 570538.


DAVSS support is confidential and free.

 

Recognition of our work:

DAVSS volunteers give so much of their time and experience to support others whilst expecting nothing in return. Click here to see the awards DAVSS and its volunteers have received since 2013.

 

 

Read the February 2018 DAVSS Fact Sheet

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
office@davss.org.uk
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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

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

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