Support and advice:
In Buckinghamshire, thousands of people are affected by domestic abuse every year. The Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership is dedicated to helping victims and preventing abuse, and will continue in their task to make the county and its residents as safe as possible.
For the most up to date information please visit the Buckinghamshire Domestic Abuse Partnership site.
Buckinghamshire Domestic Abuse Partnership aims to better inform victims and professionals across the county by providing a one stop shop of information. For victims it includes the support offer and how to access it if you think you might be experiencing domestic abuse. Toolkits and guidance are available for professionals in Bucks to ensure a clear approach to engaging with victims (including children and young people) and perpetrators and successfully delivering in our “tell us once” ethos.
- Buckinghamshire DA Strategy 2021-2024
- DA Pathway Bucks
- Guide to becoming a DVA Champion in the Bucks Network
- What is domestic abuse leaflet
- Domestic abuse poster
Child Safeguarding in Buckinghamshire
- Continuum of need
Read more below about the services available in Buckinghamshire. For National helplines, services and specialist support, click here.
Wycombe Women’s Aid (WWA)
WWA covers Wycombe, Chiltern and South Bucks. They provide support to women and children experiencing the effects of domestic abuse by offering safe, temporary and emergency accommodation as well as practical and emotional support within the refuge and through outreach in the local community.
In light of the COVID-19 epidemic and the on-going risks, Wycombe Women’s Aid have suspended all face to face activities and will not be taking any new families into the refuge. When they resume face to face activities and open the refuge to new families, they will let you know. They continue to support local women, via our Helpline, to access refuges across the country who are able to take new referrals.
Wycombe Women’s Aid continues to provide:
- Support for women and children living in the refuge
- Youth Work
You can access the above services via telephone and a variety of video and messaging platforms.
Helpline: 01494 461367
Aylesbury Women’s Aid (AWA)
AWA covers Aylesbury Vale and The Chilterns and exists for the benefit of all women and their children who are or have experienced physical, mental, emotional, financial or sexual abuse in their relationships and to offer support, information, advice, access to temporary safe accommodation and aftercare. It operates from a feminist perspective and is committed to the principle of self-help and encourages women to determine their own futures by making information available in an accessible way and supporting women to make their own choices. You can make a referral via their website.
Aylesbury Women’s Aid continues to provide phone appointments for our IDVA, Outreach, Counselling and Young People’s Service. Their dedicated and experienced staff will be providing the same level of support and expertise by telephone. They are still able to offer solicitor appointments by telephone.
Phone: 01296 436827 / 01296 437777
Out of Hours: 07742162484
Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes
This service provides support to females and males aged 16 and over living in Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes who have experienced sexual assault and abuse, and males living in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes who have experienced domestic abuse, with the aim of enabling survivors to live fulfilling lives. They provide an IDVA service for male victims of domestic abuse and have a useful flyer and leaflet about these services. More information about the service can be found on this leaflet.
Support provision is still in place, being delivered virtually rather than face to face. For information, advice and guidance, helpline assistance, counselling, group support and advocacy, please get in touch. You can complete a referral form via the website or leave a message including your contact details on our phoneline. More information about the online live chat facility is outlined on their website.
Phone: 01296 719772
FLAG DV, Free Legal Advice Group for Domestic Violence, is a charity providing free legal advice from family law solicitors. They focus on empowerment, protection and choice and operate across Thames Valley in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. To access their service, please complete their referral form. They also operate a phone line ensuring all victims can access the service. Support is available to any domestic abuse victim in the Thames Valley, no matter their gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Phone: 01635 015854 Mon/Wed/Fri 10am – 1pm
Asian Women’s Helpline
Phone: 01494 446366
Thames Valley Police Buckinghamshire Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit
The local Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit can be contacted via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police non-emergency number (101). In an emergency always call 999.
Housing and homelessness services
- Aylesbury Vale: 01296 585197
- Wycombe: 01494 421212 (or 01494 675802 emergency out of hours)
- Chiltern: 01494 732013 (or 0207 093 6443 emergency out of hours)
- South Bucks: 01494 732013 (or 01895 837200 emergency out of hours)
Housing departments have a duty to house anyone fleeing domestic abuse — not only council tenants.
LAGLO and the Thames Valley Police in Buckinghamshire
In Buckinghamshire, we take LGBT Domestic Violence and Abuse very seriously and will do our utmost to make sure victims are identified, supported, protected, and empowered.
Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers are available specifically to help LGBT victims in Buckinghamshire. Call 101 and request a “LAGLO”.
Their service is run across Thames Valley by a dedicated team of volunteers who are responsible for delivering the help and support available through our website, telephone helpline and face-to-face sessions.
Disability and DVA
Buckinghamshire County Council (in association with Thames Valley Police, Aylesbury Vale District Council, Chiltern District Council, South Bucks District Council, and Wycombe District Council) run an awareness campaign focusing on the domestic abuse experience of people with a physical disability. People with a disability may be additionally vulnerable if they rely on their abuser to help with mobility or undertaking everyday tasks such as preparing food. The abuser may in addition be able to isolate the person by limiting their access to means of communication and, using their position as a carer, by being present if health or social care professionals visit the home.
There is a useful audio clip on disability and DVA to raise awareness which you can listen to here.
Freedom Programme for victims in Buckinghamshire
The Freedom Programme is a free and confidential rolling 12-week programme (during term time) for women only. It is suitable for people to join at any point during the programme. Each group has two facilitators who are fully trained and have a deep understanding of the issues surrounding domestic abuse.
The course runs in Aylesbury, Chesham and High Wycombe at various venues. Some venues have a free creche.
Any woman or any agency can refer themselves. If you would like to discuss the programme in confidence then please contact 01296 437777 (Aylesbury Women’s Aid Outreach) or 07890456907 (Wycombe Women’s Aid Outreach).
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