Domestic violence services
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 11.9% of women aged 16 to 19 and 6.9% of men of the same age experienced some form of domestic abuse last year. In 2016-17 we offered support to 91,000 people affected by domestic abuse.
Walking away is not an easy option for many victims of domestic abuse or violence, and instead they struggle to live their lives in the face of persistent danger. As well as suffering direct hurt and abuse, there are other effects on victims:
- Some will stop working or are not allowed to go out to work by their abuser, or are prevented from seeing friends, family or the wider community.
- The children of victims frequently miss school and experience violence themselves or witness it at home.
- Well-supported victims are usually more willing to seek help earlier, making it easier to stop the violence escalating.
How VS helps
We provide a robust, professional and consistent support service to all victims of domestic violence, including specialist support for young victims, male victims and those suffering domestic abuse within same-sex relationships. We work with specialist domestic violence organisations and the police, and we also employ the largest number of Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs) across England and Wales.
Our staff work alongside domestic violence-trained volunteers and caseworkers, many of whom have first-hand experience of being a victim of crime, to support victims of domestic violence.
All victims referred to Victim Support are assessed using the CAADA DASH (Domestic Abuse, Stalking and ‘Honour-based’ Violence) risk assessment tool – endorsed by government as the ‘gold standard’ assessment tool.