Project information

Making A Difference

Our project offers life saving services for children and adults who are victims of Domestic Abuse.
You can make a difference to thousands of families, ensuring safety, education and support to move forward with their lives.

As long as is needed.

Charity information: The Dash Charity

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  • Need

    Need

    Victims of Domestic Abuse are hidden, every 60 seconds a call to the police is related to domestic abuse, however what about all those that don't call the police. The days off school as a child wants to support their parent who is being abused.
    We want victims to feel safe to report through trusted & confidential support systems that understand it's not as easy as 'just leaving'.

    Solution

    The project has specialist services for women, men, children & young people reducing barriers to talking about abuse. On top of this we can support victims in their homes, or to seek safe accommodation when circumstances at home are too dangerous.
    We work to the highest quality framework & guidelines ensuring that any victim, no matter who they are gets the best support possible to break free.
    Further specialists include multiple language skilled staff, children & mental health workers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the barriers for victims of domestic abuse to come forward & ask for help

    Activities

    » Specialist workers covering a range of languages to reduce any barrier of culture & communication.
    » Understand the diversity of the community we work in. Continue to develop strong links with trusted sites for different cultures.

    A growth in individuals and families coming into our services & using the support systems in place.


    Aim 2

    To support families. Offering not just support to adults but also to any children then have.

    Activities

    » Help children understand they are not to blame for the abuse or violence
    » Help reduce the likelihood of those children growing up and continuing the cycle of domestic abuse in their families.

    Families are supported fully, all receiving specialist services needed to ensure they are safe, understand it's not their fault & can move on with their lives.


    Aim 3

    Empower young people and adults to understand what a healthy relationship is.

    Activities

    » Direct work with victims to reflect on the abuse that has happened to them. Then to identify how to reduce the risk of it ever happening again.
    » Workshops in schools & youth clubs to teach students about what a healthy relationship is, how to treat others respectfully & be safe.

    Individuals will make better choices in future relationships. They will be better informed in what is healthy & we will then see less young people coming through as victims.


  • Impact

    Impact

    -Consistent support to any victim who needs help from abuse.
    -Potential increased numbers of people seeking support as they now feel safe to do so.
    -Families are supported to rebuild their lives including support with housing, legal proceedings & where possible prosecutions.

    By understanding our community, we can adapt and respond to change efficiently, ensuring that our services are current & at the heart of the need of victims.

    Risk

    Funding of services is the main risk however we have now established a Sustainability & Development team who work tirelessly to keep funds coming in to the project and manage a turbulent climate.

    Reporting

    We would look to offer a report to donors annually to ensure that information, statistics & learning from the project can be identified and shared.

    We would also be happy to share learning with other organisations to continue others development too.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Staff Costs Contribute towards staff costs for three workers, one with children, one for women & one for men.
      £2,000 Awareness Raising Campaigns Costs towards printing campaign material promoting individuals to report abuse
  • Background

    Location

    The project primarily operates in Slough, Windsor, Maidenhead & South Buckinghamshire

    However, we also support anyone who phones into our helpline to find refuge accommodation.

    Beneficiaries

    The areas we operate in are exceptionally divers in terms of culture, wealth and deprivation.
    We serve a population of around 335,000 people and last year we supported over 6000 individuals affected by domestic abuse.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been running sine 1976 and take pride in running the best quality service for victims affected by domestic abuse.
    We hold the Queens Award for voluntary services along with numerous others and also the highest kite marks for our services.

    We believe that anyone should be able to feel safe enough to report and trust is the key factor to this. We trust victims and they trust our services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jayne Donnelly

    Jayne, our Head of Services pulls together all teams ensuring victims & families are supported fully & ensures there are no barriers when seeking help

The support that I've had has been amazing, I can start thinking about my future

Former client