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Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Service (DDASS) is a charity that offers advice, guidance and support to women, men and children affected by domestic abuse.
Our main aims are to increase safety and improve wellbeing.

For further information please contact our helpline on 0345 155 1074 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or email

We have a helpline, an adult Outreach service, a children support service and currently run a perpetrator programme in Exeter.

Our helpline workers take calls from anyone who wants to contact us for one off advice or who wants to self referral for on-going support. The helpline can help with advice and guidance, safety planning and signposting to other agencies, like solicitors, housing, food banks etc.
Our helpline can also help with agency enquiries.
For anyone who wants on-going support, the helpline will complete the referral process so that an Outreach worker can be allocate.

Our Outreach workers offer one to one support to women and men who are experiencing current domestic abuse. This might be by a partner or ex-partner (same or opposite sex) or family member. We also recognise that children (up to 18 and grown up children) can display abusive behaviour and we offer specific support around those issues. The support might be by phone or face to face.

We can meet with clients in their own home (if safe) or in other community locations, like GP surgeries, children centres, cafe's - anywhere safe and confidential.
We help with safety planning, advice, guidance and explore options that are specific to each person. We can help to get access to protective court orders, advice re safe housing options, give practical support, accompany to agency appointments where needed and liaise with agencies on the client's behalf.

We are in process of setting up a voluntary support service for individuals, who have experienced domestic abuse in the past and who are still affected emotionally by this. Support from this service will mainly be around dealing with the impact of domestic abuse with the aim of improving wellbeing.

Our children's workers offer advice to children who have been affected by witnessing domestic abuse. They can offer one to one support to children from 11 years and support the non abusive parent to address any issues for children up to 11 years old. Generally the children's worker together with the parent, will assess what the best support and way forward is for the family.
Parents can self refer to access the children service.

The perpetrator programme runs over 25 weeks and addresses issues of physical respect, intimacy and sexual respect, emotional respect, domestic abuse and the impact on children and rebuilding trust and respect. It is aimed at men who recognise that their behaviour is abusive and who take responsibility for their behaviour and want to change their ways. We recognise that women can also be abusive, but currently only run a course for men.
Men who are 21 years of age and over can refer to our perpetrator programme by contacting our helpline.


Find out more about the services we offer by clicking the headings below

  1. Domestic abuse has many forms and often you will be on the receiving end of a crime. This might be assault, criminal damage, harassment, breach of a court order, like a non molestation or restraining order, sexual abuse, affray or other. You don't need to report a crime to the police to access our support. We can offer advice and help you to address any issues around safety and the emotional impact of any domestic abuse you have experienced.

  2. All of our workers are experienced specialist support workers, who can explore your concerns with you, give you advice on your safety, go over options and offer you practical and emotional support. We have children workers who parents can refer to, and who can support you and your children to feel safer and to re-build your lives. We don't judge, we listen and your safety is our priority.

  3. We support young people who are or have witnessed domestic abuse and we support young people of 16 years plus, who are in their own unhealthy or abusive relationship. You might not be sure if your relationship is healthy or not. You can call us and talk it through with us. We can support you regardless if you want to stay in the relationship or not. Our workers can talk to you about internet and social media safety and safety in general and can help you to make decisions about your future.

  4. Our aim is to increase safety and improve the wellbeing of women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse. We give practical advice, offer emotional support, discuss options and help with safety planning. We can accompany service users to appointments with solicitors, housing, etc., and give advice on protective court orders. We listen to how domestic abuse has affected you, and support you to start re-building your life.

  5. We know by talking to women and men who experience domestic abuse that they often also experience sexual abuse from their partner or ex-partner. We can support you by listening to you and by exploring options of how to make you feel safer. You don't have to have reported the sexual abuse to the police to access our support. Call our helpline to find out more. We can also signpost to specialist counselling services for sexual abuse.

  6. We understand that you might not be necessarily safer once you have left a relationship. You can also experience harassment and stalking by someone who you are still in a relationship with. Constant texting and calling, silent calls, turning up at your home or work, following you around, 'bumping into you' all the time, sending or dropping of unwanted gifts, etc. We can give you safety advice and support you to deal with the impact of what you are experiencing.

  7. Advocacy means supporting you to: •access information and services •be involved in decisions about your life •explore choices and options •defend and promote your rights and responsibilities •speak out about issues that matter to you. We know that people who are experiencing domestic abuse find it difficult to speak up for themselves. We can accompany you to meetings, write support letters on your behalf and will empower you to become more confident to use your own voice.