DVAS offers a secure, caring setting where you are safe to tell your story. This may be the first time you have been able to speak openly in a non-judgmental atmosphere. You have the freedom to explore options and you will be provided with information on the services available to you so you can make informed decisions about your future.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A ONE TO ONE MEETING?
Yes. To keep the service confidential and safe for everybody, we do not provide a drop- in service. We will offer you an appointment at a time and place that is safe for you.
DO I HAVE TO PAY?
No. All our services are free.
WILL ANYONE KNOW I HAVE CONTACTED YOU?
Our service is completely confidential. We will not contact anyone about you, or on your behalf, without your permission.
HOW LONG CAN I USE THE SERVICE?
For as long as you need to, there is no time limit.
“Death by a thousand words,” is how Women’s Aid director Margaret Martin describes it. “Emotional abuse is so corrosive. Always being put down, never being called anything but the most awful names. One incident of that is not nice, but living with that all the time is devastating.”
Abusers behave differently at home- cos they can !!
Link to domestic abuse awarness raising in Canada.