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Domestic Abuse

Help and support for those experiencing domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is defined by the government as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. Abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

The definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called 'honour' based abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

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 Icon for pdf West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Strategy [978KB]  details the targets and aims implemented in West Berkshire to address domestic abuse and encourages effective action to support those experiencing, or affected by, domestic abuse.

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy

Our Icon for pdf Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy 2021-23 [903KB]  has been developed following the passing of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 which placed new duties on West Berkshire Council. Part 4 of the Act refers to the Delivery of Support to Victims of Domestic Abuse, including Children, in Domestic Abuse Safe Accommodation Services.

The strategy has been produced following a robust local needs assessment and full public consultation to determine the level of need for support within safe accommodation in West Berkshire. This will sit alongside our existing Domestic Abuse Strategy until combined in 2023/24.

The strategy is ambitious and sets out our plans to achieve the changes required that will enable victims and their children to achieve safe, fulfilled and independent lives free from domestic abuse.

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse

Reducing the Risk of Domestic Abuse work in partnership with us to provide information, advice, training and resources to professionals supporting those affected by domestic abuse. The Reducing the Risk website also includes practical information for victims or survivors of domestic abuse and their family and friends seeking to support them.

West Berkshire Domestic Abuse Service

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 can help with any enquiries that you may have and provide access to support services.

ADAS offer:

  • a telephone helpline: available 10am to 7pm, Monday to Friday - 0800 731 0055
  • face to face support in a safe place
  • safety planning
  • support with recognition of abuse
  • places of safety
  • outreach services
  • independent domestic violence advisor support
  • group programmes

You can also email ADAS at

In an emergency please call 999 or the 24-hour national helpline on 0808 200 0247.

Further Information

The following organisations, sites and pages share up to date information, resources, awareness campaigns and progress in respect of domestic abuse:

Please note West Berkshire Council does not endorse nor accept any liability for, the content of these pages and sites.

You can also visit our webpage about housing advice and options for people affected by domestic abuse, here.

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