Domestic abuse staff raising awareness in Torbay

27 November 2019

Staff from a Torbay domestic abuse service are getting out into the community to raise awareness.

TDAS provides specialist support for brighter futuresTDAS support staff are raising awareness of domestic abuse.

Staff from Sanctuary Supported Living’s Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) – which offers support, advice and protection for victims of domestic abuse – are taking part in the 16 Days of Action, a campaign encouraging businesses to take positive action against domestic abuse and violence.

Alongside Devon and Cornwall Police and Torbay Council, representatives from TDAS will be out and about in Torquay town centre, leading a ‘giant deckchair’ event where residents can talk to them about the different forms domestic abuse can take.

The aim is for people to explore their understanding of domestic abuse and raise awareness of the fact that it can include lesser-known forms like coercive control, controlling behaviour designed to harm, punish or frighten the victim.

The deckchair will be at South Devon College from Monday 25 to Friday 29 November, 12pm to 2pm, and then at Union Square in Torquay on Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 December from 12pm to 2pm.

Claudia O’Neill, TDAS local service manager, said: “Domestic abuse can take so many different forms, and we want to help people understand that coercive control can play a big part of that, and is in fact a criminal offence.

“The 16 Days of Action has given us a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our service too. We want local residents to know we are here if they need us.

“I would also like to ask Torbay residents who may have old phones lying around to consider donating them to us. When fleeing an abusive relationship, people often have to leave personal possessions behind, so having a phone can really help someone get back on their feet.”

Kelly Sooben, vice principal for people and resources at South Devon College, said: “We are extremely proud to be supporting this campaign in Torbay, and offering our students and staff the opportunity to meet with staff from TDAS to discuss domestic abuse, in any form, and seek the support and help that may be required.

We work hard to ensure that the wellbeing of our staff and students is at the heart of our organisation, and working with external organisations such as this strengthens our network of support.”

The team are appealing for new SIM cards to be contributed, and ask that phones are restored to factory settings.

To make a donation, or find out how to access support, contact TDAS by calling 0800 916 1474 or by emailing tdas@sanctuary-housing.co.uk. Alternatively, visit the Sanctuary Supported Living website for more details on our domestic abuse support services.

Anyone in immediate danger should call 999.

We work hard to ensure that the wellbeing of our staff and students is at the heart of our organisation, and working with external organisations such as this strengthens our network of support.

Kelly Sooben, Vice Principal for People and Resources

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