Thames Valley Consortium

Aylesbury Women's Aid

AWA: women supporting women against domestic violenceAylesbury Women’s Aid operates in the Vale of Aylesbury, which covers the towns of Aylesbury and Buckingham and the surrounding villages.

They operate two refuges for families or single women, along with an Outreach Service for women in the Aylesbury Vale area who have been subject to domestic abuse, an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor service and a range of services for children and young people. They also offer (BACP-registered) counselling sessions which provide a safe space for survivors to explore their experiences of domestic abuse and the feelings arising from that. 

Berkshire Women's Aid

BWA: against domestic abuseBerkshire Women's Aid provides advice, support and refuge services to victims of domestic abuse and provides information and education on the subject to make the case for effective action against domestic violence, intimidation and psychological abuse and for policies that support victims of abuse.

They have refuges across Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell, while specialist Children & Young People’s workers undertake 1:1 sessions and regular group work in local schools, supporting children and young people who have been affected by abuse and Early Intervention services aim to prevent domestic abuse, reduce repeat incidents and the impact of abusive relationships.

The Dash Charity

the dash charityThe Dash Charity (formerly Berkshire East & South Bucks Women’s Aid) helps individuals and families affected by domestic abuse with confidential advice and support.

They manage three refuges where families receive intensive tailor made support and safety plans and are assessed by a Mental Health Specialist, who will provide treatment plans and ensure that they are referred to any specialist clinical services. They also run an Advocacy and Outreach Service which focuses on ensuring that victims of domestic abuse, and their dependent children, are able to access support and remain safe while living in the community. Their Children’s Services Team reaches out to children and young people in a variety of creative ways including group work, workshops, schools projects and one to one support.

MK Act

MK Act: domestic violence intervention servicesMK Act is a charity in Milton Keynes which works with over 100 families every day to help them move on from fear and abuse.

They have been providing safe emergency accommodation in Milton Keynes for women and their children escaping domestic violence for over 30 years.MK Act offers accommodation (including emergency refuge accommodation) and follow-up services, with a volunteer counselling service in the refuge and specialist support for children in the accommodation service. Their Crisis Intervention Service acts as a single point of referral which ensure clients tell their story only once. Specialist advisors offer information as well as emotional support. 

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services

Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Services (ODAS) offer emotional and practical support to victims suffering or fleeing domestic abuse. Support can include: phone support, face to face meetings in a safe environment, safety planning, and/or access to a confidential refuge where women (with or without children) can stay temporarily in order to escape an abusive relationship. Support is available for children in refuge accommodation. ODAS also provides help to recognise abusive and non-abusive behaviours, support accessing other services for victims and their children, and signposting to other agencies.

Reducing the Risk

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse develops and delivers services for those affected by domestic abuse in Oxfordshire and provides training across the UK. 

They support many of Oxfordshire’s most vulnerable adults and children and work intensively with people who are at risk of harm in their own homes — keeping them safe and helping them to rebuild their lives.

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Services

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Services (WBDAS) provide refuge placements, Outreach one to one support, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors, Group work and a programme of support for survivors of domestic abuse.

Wycombe Women's Aid

Wycombe Women's Aid: women supporting women against domestic violenceWycombe Women’s Aid provides support to women and children experiencing the effects of domestic violence by offering safe, temporary and emergency accommodation as well as practical and emotional support within the refuge and through Outreach in the local community. They have  a dedicated children’s service which aims to meet the needs of all the children and young people living in the refuge, along with programmes for children and young people living in the community who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence within the family home or within their own, intimate relationships.