Men can attend our Chesterfield Advice Centre on Fridays. To book an appointment, please ring the men’s helpline on 01246 555549.

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Our helpline offers support via the phone for men who need someone to listen to their experience of domestic abuse. We offer impartial advice on safety planning, legal options, finances, safeguarding your children, housing options and immigration issues. We understand that it is often a big step to contact a helpline, and all calls will be dealt with in a sensitive and confidential manner.

Ethos

  • DDVSAS’s helpline service is non-directive.
  • Helpline workers aim to enable callers to make their own choices.
  • It is important to us that we empower the caller and do not make personal judgements or attempt to influence.
  • We have zero tolerance to abusive calls
  • We provide information, not personal advice or views.
  • If we don’t know the answer to a specific query then we signpost to either an appropriate service or research and call back.

At times calls made to the helpline may be listened to by another member of the helpline team. This is part of our training and development and enables us to provide a better service.

We aim to answer the helpline within six rings and to respond to voicemails within one working day.

Community Team

Our Community Workers can arrange to see you at your home or another location convenient to you. To be referred into the Community Team you can either ring the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Support Line on 08000 198 668.

Refuges

Our refuges and floating support service are funded by a contract with Derbyshire Accommodation and Support Team, Derbyshire County Council.  We provide these services in partnership with Trident Reach the People Charity (TRPC), DDVSAS delivering in Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire and TRPC in South Derbyshire and Erewash.

A male refuge provides short-term accommodation for those needing to flee domestic abuse. We understand how difficult it is for you and your children to move away from familiar surroundings. Our staff will provide you with support for emotional, financial, legal, housing and other issues so you can begin to rebuild your life.

Dispersed Refuge, properties in the community

4 dispersed properties provide accommodation for a family who may have additional needs for example large families, boys over 18 years old, drug or alcohol issues.

Counselling

Our counselling service is a free service and provides a safe space to talk about things that may have been troubling you for some time. Counselling can help you make changes in your life or work through difficult or confused feelings. The Counselling Service is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and follows its code of ethics.

Derbyshire countywide services

Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA)

Provides high-risk crisis management including IDVA support at Specialist Domestic Violence Court in Chesterfield.

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Services for perpetrators

The Abusive Behavioural Change (ABC) Project is a six-month programme for men or women who recognise that they are abusive to a partner or ex-partner and wish to change their behaviour. This programme is available to those in both opposite-sex and same-sex relationships. You can self-refer or a professional from another agency can refer on your behalf – simply complete one of the forms below:

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If you would like further information, then please call Di Conneely, Project Coordinator on 07771 379278 or email: abc.project@ddvsas.org.uk or abc.project@ddvsas.cjsm.net.

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