Professionals

Specialist domestic violence and abuse support services in Devon

Devon’s adva partnership funds and commissions specialist support services for victims / survivors (women and men); for perpetrators who want to change their behaviour; and for children who have experienced living with domestic violence and abuse.

In addition adva runs a comprehensive training programme for front line workers and managers from all agencies.

There are further support services nationwide. See the Directory of Services.

Domestic Violence and Abuse Helpline:

0345 155 1074.

Once connected, users can choose to be put through to their local Specialist Support Service which willl be either Stop Abuse for Everyone (Exeter, East & Mid Devon), North Devon Against Domestic Abuse (North Devon and Torridge) or Domestic Violence and Abuse Service (South Hams, Teignbridge or West Devon).

Outreach support

There are three organisations in Devon specialising in providing confidential, one to one support for victims/survivors of domestic violence and abuse.

No matter how seemingly insignificant the issue may seem to you do not hesitate to contact these services:

Outreach For Women

Areas coveredAgency NameContact details
East Devon, Exeter, Mid DevonStop Abuse for Everyone

www.safe-services.org.uk

0800 328 3070

North Devon & TorridgeNorth Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk

01271 321946

South Hams, Teignbridge, West DevonDomestic Violence and Abuse Service, South & West

Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

01626 365087

Outreach For Men

Men experience domestic violence and abuse too and adva funds specialist support.

Areas coveredAgency NameContact details
East Devon, Exeter, Mid DevonStop Abuse for Everyone

www.safe-services.org.uk/men/help-for-men.html

0800 328 3070

North Devon & TorridgeNorth Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk/men.html

01271 321946

South Hams, Teignbridge, West DevonDomestic Violence and Abuse Service, South & West

Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

01626 365087

Idva (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) for MARACs in Devon (multi-agency risk assessment conferences)

Areas coveredAgency NameContact details
East Devon, Exeter, Mid DevonStop Abuse for Everyonewww.safe-services.org.uk/women/idva-working-with-women.html
North Devon & TorridgeNorth Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk/IDVA.html

01271 321946

South Hams, Teignbridge and West DevonDomestic Violence and Abuse Service, South & West

Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

01626 365087

Idva (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) for SDVCs in Devon (special domestic violence courts)

Areas coveredAgency NameContact details
East Devon, Exeter, Mid DevonStop Abuse for Everyone

www.safe-services.org.uk/women/idva-working-with-women.html

0800 328 3070

North Devon and TorridgeNorth Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk/IDVA.html

01271 321946

South Hams, Teignbridge and West DevonDomestic Violence and Abuse Service, South & West

Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

01626 365087

REPAIR

Support for men who abuse their partners and want to change their behaviour.

Support for Children and Young People

Outreach

Support is provided to children and young people referred via our adult Outreach, MARAC and REPAIR support workers. The support is provided with consent, is confidential and given by qualified, experienced specialist workers.

Area in DevonAgency nameContact details
East, Exeter & Mid DevonStop Abuse for Everyone

www.safe-services.org.uk/children/information-children.html

0800 328 3070

North Devon & TorridgeNorth Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk

01271 321946

South Hams, Teignbridge, West DevonDomestic Violence & Abuse Service, South & West

Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

01626 365087

The SAFE project (14 – 25 year olds)

The Safe project is an outreach project for girls/boys/young people aged 14 – 25 years run by Exeter Women’s Aid; North Devon Women’s Aid and Domestic Violence and Abuse Service, South and West Devon. The projects offer advocacy, one-to-one support, phone support and pattern changing courses for girls/young women who are witnessing domestic violence between adults or who have an abusive partner themselves.

Area in DevonAgency nameContact details
East, Exeter & Mid DevonStop Abuse for Everyone

www.safe-services.org.uk

0800 328 3070

North Devon & TorridgeNorth Devon Against Domestic Abuse

www.ndada.co.uk

01271 321946

South Hams, Teignbridge, West DevonDomestic Violence & Abuse Service, South & West

Domestic Violence and Abuse Service

01626 365087

REPAIR

If the father is the abuser, and has been accepted on one of Devon’s REPAIR programmes, his children are able to access specialist support from a children and young people’s worker.

Childline (for children/young people in distress) 0800 11 11

NSPCC 0808 800 5000

The Hideout

This is a domestic violence website designed especially for children and young people. The website informs you about domestic violence, helps to identify what is happening at home, and directs you towards additional support and information. There are interactive checklists, quizzes and games to help you think through problems that surround domestic violence and abuse. The website also ensures the site can be accessed safely with a ‘Hide my Visit’ button, and contains a downloadable safety plan.

LINX

Young people aged between 12 - 18 years old who are having difficulty controlling their behaviour because they have lived with violence and are finding themselves behaving violently, or not able to engage in respectful relationships with other young people or adults, they can ask to be part of a group. They, or you as a caring adult, can do this by calling the co-ordinator who will liaise with someone in their School, College, or Connexions PA or by speaking directly to Connexions or other professionals and asking them to refer the young person.

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline

Take an important step in your recovery from rape or sexual abuse. Speak to somebody anonymously. Our helpline volunteers could help you to understand what has happened - and to move forward in life.

Dial our FREE PHONE number 0808 800 0188 and start your own journey.

The Line offers a listening service for people over 16 years, living in Devon, who have been raped or sexually abused, either recently or in the past. We also offer support for partners, families and friends and provide information about other agencies.

Sexual abuse can be experienced by anybody, whatever their race, age, class, colour, religion or sexuality. Some common feelings experienced by people who have been sexually abused are:

Some common problems are:

It doesn't matter how long ago the rape or abuse happened, or whether it was reported - you can still contact us.

This is a Devon (County wide) service.

Devon Rape Crisis Service

Helpline: 01392 204174

Mon 3.00pm-6.00pm, Wed 10.00am-1.00pm & Fri 6.00pm-9.00pm.

E-Mail: support@devonrapecrisis.org.uk

Devon Rape Crisis Service is a specialist support service for women aged over 18 who live in Devon who have experienced any form of sexual violence, recently or in the past.

You might have experienced rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, incest, trafficking and sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, ritual abuse, forced marriage, "honour" crimes, sexual intimidation or harassment.

You might be feeling shock, confusion, anger, numbness, fear, shame, guilt or depression and you may have found this site because you are looking for support.

Our trained volunteers can offer you listening, practical and emotional support and advocacy, on the telephone, in person or in a group.

Housing

What help can I get with housing issues?

If your relationship or family has broken down you may need to find somewhere new to live. Your local housing department will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

District Housing Departments

Devon’s eight local authority housing departments are committed to helping victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse.

Local authorities across Devon work with a number of agencies to provide places of safety and support to victims and advice and guidance for those seeking alternative accommodation within or outside of the borough.  They have signed up to a Domestic Abuse Code of Good Practice and take part in a county-wide Sanctuary Scheme which provides target hardening measures to make the home safer and more secure for those wishing to remain in their own home.  

The housing teams work with a number of partner agencies to try and reduce Domestic Violence and Abuse in Devon and have helped fund many projects and initiatives that tackle domesticabuse, support victims and perpetrators. The teams can be contacted in the following ways:

Legal Help

There are many solicitor practices in Devon some of whom specialise in supporting victims of domestic violence, or defending perpetrators of domestic violence. Whilst we are unable to recommend any one practice over another there is a free service available from the National Centre for Domestic Violence on 0844 8044 999 or http://www.ncdv.org.uk/.

Finance and Debt advice - One Space

The Single Parent Action Network provides a 1-2-1 benefits, money and debt advice service to help one parent families on low income avoid debt and financial crisis. SPAN’s social networking site for single parents, www.onespace.org.uk has recently launched a new online ‘Money Survival Kit’ to give immediate help to single parents facing financial crisis. The One Space ‘Money Survival Kit’ provides a range of money saving solutions which single parents can access at a time and place which is convenient for them. The online resources include 1-2-1 finance and debt advice via email as well as solution-based case studies that reflect real life experiences.