West Berkshire

West Berkshire domestic abuse information

Please see this COVID19 message about domestic abuse from West Berks Council:

Are you experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?

Support is available (CLICK TO LINK) and if you are in immediate danger, you can leave.

Are you worried about relationship conflict and domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak? 

Guidance is available (CLICK TO LINK)

  1. Support is available whether you are still in the relationship or not and if you are in danger, you can leave.
  2. Refuges are still open and there are spaces available should you need it.
  3. Don’t feel as if your situation is any less important during this time in comparison to other arising issues.
  4. It is not fair and it is not your fault.
  5. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, no matter what stresses a person could be under and you do not need to feel as if this behaviour should be accepted.

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 West 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 Berkshire have produced their Domestic Abuse Strategy 2020-2023 which outlines the vision and aims for domestic abuse in the borough.

Support Services and their contact numbers (click on titles to link)

(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)

See also the West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Support Service Directory 2018.

A2 Domestic Abuse Services 

A2Dominion Domestic Abuse Services (ADAS) West Berkshire offer emotional and practical support to people experiencing or fleeing domestic abuse in West Berkshire. The ADAS helpline 0800 731 0055 can help with any enquiries that you may have and provide access to support services. They provide a leaflet to explain more detail of their services and a poster can be downloaded to advertise what they can offer.

ADAS offer:

  • Phone helpline
  • Face to face support in a safe place
  • Safety planningSupport with recognition of abuse
  • Places of safety
  • Outreach services
  • Independent domestic violence advisor (IDVA) support
  • Group programmes

Helpline: 0800 731 0055 (10am- 7pm Monday to Friday)

Email: DAS@a2dominion.co.uk

In an emergency: call 999 or 24-hour national helpline 0808 2000 247 

West Berkshire Children’s Services

Do you have concerns that a child or young person may be at risk of harm or neglect?

Contact CAAS (Contact, Advice and Assessment Service) — 01635 503090

West Berkshire Adult Safeguarding

Do you have concerns that an adult may be at risk of harm or neglect?

Contact Safeguarding Adults — 01635 519056

Out of hours Emergency Duty Team for both children and adults

Tel: 01344 786543 (17.00 – 09.00 weekdays, weekends and bank holidays)

Housing Options Team (West Berkshire Council)

If you are in a domestic abuse relationship and require housing advice then the West Berkshire Housing Options Team can give advice and assistance. This can also include advising on tenancy rights or discussing possible security measures by accessing our Safer Spaces Scheme.

Depending on your personal circumstances, they may be able to:

  • help you find a refuge placement
  • use our Safer Spaces Scheme to help make your current home a safer environment
  • put you in touch with an outreach worker who specialises in domestic abuse cases
  • provide advice on seeking an injunction or non-molestation order
  • provide advice on seeking an occupation order

Safer Spaces Scheme

If you are a tenant living in a housing association property please discuss this further with your housing officer who will be able to make the relevant referral. A home visit will then usually be made by the Housing Officer and any necessary works are undertaken by the maintenance teams. 

If you are not living in a housing association property then please contact our Housing Team, using the contact details below, and they can assist you with making a referral for any works to be completed.

Email: housing@westberks.gov.uk  Telephone: 01635 519530

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Strategy

West Berkshire Council and partners have a vision for individuals, families and children to live freely from Domestic Abuse. The West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Strategy details the targets and aims implemented to address domestic abuse and encourages effective action to support those experiencing, or affected by, domestic abuse.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

A MARAC is held in West Berkshire on a monthly basis; it is one of over 270 MARACs in operation across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, according to SafeLives. MARAC is a multi-agency meeting which focuses on creating safety plans for high risk domestic abuse victims.

If a client is identified as being high risk the case should be referred to the MARAC via your agency’s Designated MARAC Officer (DMO). If you do not have a DMO within your organisation please contact the West Berkshire MARAC Coordinator.


Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

West Berkshire offers a 1 day Domestic Abuse Awareness training for multi-agency professionals and community organisations and individuals. This training will provide attendees with an increased awareness of domestic abuse and develop attendees’ knowledge of the effects and dynamics of domestic abuse, types of partner violence, complexities in leaving abusive relationships, power and control and the impact of domestic abuse on children and young people.

If you would like to attend a Domestic Abuse Awareness training, please see available training dates.

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Champions Network

West Berkshire embraces the Champions model in creating a network of multi-agency professionals and community organisations trained to have a more extensive understanding of domestic abuse and its impact. Domestic abuse champions are able to advise others and ensure they are aware of, and have access to, local resources and support. Champions have a fundamental role in cascading learning and awareness. The network also supports partnership understanding and sharing of knowledge. If you would like to become a domestic abuse champion, please see available training dates.

Contact details

If you would like further information or guidance, please email westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk