West Berkshire

West Berkshire domestic abuse information

Domestic abuse information and advice that's relevant throughout England and Wales can be accessed through the links on this site.

Below you will find additional information that's specifically relevant to Berkshire.

In West Berkshire, thousands of people are affected by domestic abuse every year. Reducing the Risk works in partnership with West Berkshire Council to bring you information relevant to the West Berkshire area.

West Berks DA Directory 2015 (pdf format, 526Kb)

This useful publication lists all relevant services available for professionals dealing with DA in the area.

Support Services and their contact numbers

(for national numbers, see the support numbers page)

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Helpline 0800 731 0055 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm)

The West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Service provides the following services for women and men who are experiencing domestic abuse:

  • Refuge placements
  • Outreach one to one support (women and men)
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) and Young Persons IDVA (works with high risk victims of both genders. This service is now available for all young people who experience abuse)
  • Group work (Freedom Programme/Recovery Toolkit). A programme of support for survivors of domestic abuse.

If you need support outside of these hours call 0808 2000 247 (24 hours). Both numbers are free and will not show on your home telephone bill but may appear on an itemised mobile phone bill.

Helpline email referral (agencies only): oxfordshiredomestic@a2dominion.co.uk which is checked twice a day.

Professionals can refer victims to support services using the Referral form (doc format, 891Kb).

To report abuse or if someone is experiencing abuse call Thames Valley Police999 or 101 (24 hour non emergency number)

West Berkshire Adult Safeguarding: If you have concerns about an adult call 01635 503050

West Berkshire Children’s Services: If you have concerns about a child call 01635 503190

West Berks Children & families Services: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/cfservices

West Berkshire Housing/Safer Spaces: For housing advice and assistance to make your home more secure call 01635 519530

Bounce Back 4 Kids: Providing support for children affected by Domestic Abuse

Creating Changes: A programme designed for perpetrators of domestic abuse who are at significant risk of repeating this behaviour. Referrals will be accepted for women and those in same sex relationships. Refer by calling 01635 503090, or email: helpforfamilies@westberks.gov.uk

Trust House: Support victims of sexual abuse or assault: Confidential Helpline 01189 584033, or email: support@trusthousereading.org

Talking Therapies: For free counselling and support call 0118 9769121

Swanswell: For support with alcohol or drug problems call 0300 003 7025

Free online domestic abuse training: To access the package go to: www.kwango.com (username: WBPVISector, password: WestBerks3)

If you need further information or guidance about West Berks approach to dealing with domestic abuse please contact

Susan Powell, Building Communities Together Team Manager- 07881 856801

MASH Process in West Berkshire