Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS)
What we do
Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS) provides support for men, women and children in Torbay who need advice and protection from domestic abuse.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is the physical financial, emotional or sexual abuse of one person by another, usually within an intimate relationship or families. With no boundaries, it occues irrespective of class, age, race, cultural or religious background, ability or sexuality.
Am I in an abusive relationship?
An abusive relationship is unbalanced and often involves one person’s wants and needs taking priority over another. Many relationships don’t become abusive overnight.
If you recognise any of the following, you or someone you know, could be in an abusive relationship:
Emotional/psychological abuse – Can be verbal or non-verbal, attacking the confidence and independence of the individual. It can include shouting, name-calling, controlling behaviour and threats of violence.
Financial abuse – Can involve control of the individual’s finances, restricting their ability to independently budget, withholding basic necessities and/or trying to control employment.
Sexual abuse – Sexual abuse in a relationship is not limited to sex without consent; it can also include threats or intimidation to coerce sexual behaviour.
Physical abuse – Can cover a broad range of abusive and violent actions from slapping, punching and kicking to throwing things and physical restraint.
We understand that if you’re a victim of domestic abuse it may be very difficult to talk about what’s happened, or is happening. We understand you may be afraid or ashamed or that nobody will listen or believe you. Our specially trained staff don’t judge and will listen.
Worried about someone?
Domestic abuse and sexual violence can be devastating for victims and families.
If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, or you suspect they are, it's important to support them to make their own decisions and not to rush them or attempt to push them into anything. If you're working with an individual or a family and are concerned about domestic abuse or sexual violence, the most important thing is to share your concern.
However, if you are concerned about the immediate safety of someone you should always contact the police on 999.
For a victim that can’t leave, or isn’t ready to leave, the most important thing is their safety (and the safety of any children). We can help by creating a safety plan so that a victim can regain control, have choices and reduce the risk of further harm, violence and potentially death.
What we can do
Contact us if you, or someone you know, is affected by domestic abuse as there are a number of ways we can help, including:
- One-to-one emotional and practical support for men, women and children
- Refuge and safe house accommodation
- Safety planning and assessments
- Support through the criminal justice system and obtaining legal orders
- Signposting to other agencies
- Support to find long-term accommodation
- Financial and benefits advice
- Floating support
Our service allows you to talk in confidence about your feelings and concerns. Our specially trained and highly experienced staff provide you with advice and options.