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.

The West Berkshire DA Directory 2015 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)

To report abuse or if someone is experiencing abuse call Thames Valley Police on 999 or 101 (24 hour non emergency number)

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Service
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.

Helpline 0800 731 0055 (Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm)
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

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:
Website: 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.
Website: pactcharity.org/community-projects/bounce-back-4-kids

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 for victims of sexual abuse or assault.
Confidential Helpline: 01189 584033
Email: support@trusthousereading.org

Talking Therapies
Free counselling and support.
Tel: 0118 9769121

Swanswell
Support with alcohol or drug problems.
Tel: 0300 003 7025

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

Contact details

If you need further information or guidance about West Berkshire's approach to dealing with domestic abuse please contact Susan Powell, Building Communities Together Team Manager (07881 856801)

MASH Process in West Berkshire