New service to help people going through domestic abuse

New service to help people going through domestic abuse

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:01pm 11th February 2020.

Earlier support will be offered to people experiencing domestic abuse in Dorset.

A series of workshops will start in April aimed at helping people to recognise abuse.

The service which is open to men and woman over the age of 16 will also look to provide people with better support in the community, safe accommodation and practical advice. 

  • The Domestic Abuse (DA) Bill is being introduced to ensure Local Authorities offer help and support to anyone experiencing domestic violence and abuse. 
  • The Bill is expected to come in over the next 12 months
  • The DA Bill will make it a statutory duty for all councils to provide such support going forwards.

Cllr Graham Carr-Jones, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Safety at Dorset Council, said:

"This is a great development in Dorset's continued commitment to helping people experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Dorset is ahead of the curve in its preparations for the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.
"Helping people to build links to local networks of support will be the foundations for the next successful step in preventing domestic violence and abuse in Dorset."

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 Tonia Redvers, Head of Domestic Abuse for YOU said:

"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Dorset Council and are looking forward to the challenges ahead to meet the needs of those people experiencing domestic abuse in Dorset.

'You First', our domestic abuse team, has been developed with our Dorset Communities and we will ensure that we can meet our commitments under the Domestic Abuse Bill.

We will work together to keep our communities safe, recognise abuse earlier and support those experiencing violence and abuse."

'How to get help'

Anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse can contact You First on 0800 032 5204 or by visiting