About DASU

Domestic Abuse Safety Unit

Better Options - Greater Safety

About Us

Who are DASU?

Our Aims

What we aim to do

Service Provision

Services Overview

About Us

DASU provides professional coordinated and targeted interventions to people experiencing domestic abuse across Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham. Our services offer choice to our service users, maximising their safety, and the safety of their families whilst demonstrating outstanding value for money to out funders and commissioners.

We have over 30 years’ experience in delivering specialised and professional services that include Independent Domestic Violence Advocates, Crisis intervention, Outreach and Resettlement, Safe Refuge accommodation, Empowerment and Education programs, Training, Advocacy and Children and Young people services. We provide free, high quality services to women, men and their children who are or have experienced domestic abuse, enabling them to live fear free in our communities, optimising their ability to manage their own safety and wellbeing.

DASU is the only specialist Domestic Abuse service provider in North West Wales to hold the Welsh Women’s Aid Quality Mark. We also are proud to have won both the Welsh and National Go awards in 2020 for Best Third Sector Service.

Our aim is to help abused women, men and children to remain in their own home, where it is safe to do so. Risk assessment, safety planning and a co-ordinated response by all the agencies involved with a family, is essential, in order to achieve this. However a high percentage of our service users have complex issues which often include substance misuse and mental health issues. To ensure the greatest chance of success we work with a range of specialist support agencies to identify and address the whole needs of the individual.
DASU currently operates a number of One Stop Shops across the counties and over 41 refuges. We work in partnership with a range of agencies and third sector partners across North Wales and Nationally, and have a wide range of funders and supporters who enable this essential work to take place.

Our Aims

To offer 24-hour direct access to DASU refuge to women, men and their children who have experienced domestic abuse. (For our purposes Domestic Abuse includes mental, physical, economic or sexual abuse)

To offer 24-hour direct access to DASU refuge to women, men and their children who have experienced domestic abuse. (For our purposes Domestic Abuse includes mental, physical, economic or sexual abuse)

To work with our commissioners and funders to delivery the highest quality, value for money services.

To encourage male and female survivors to make their own decisions and to determine their own futures

To recognise the various needs of any dependent children involved and to ensure that these needs are catered for by DASU or by referral to another agency

To educate and inform the public, the media, the police, the judicial system, social services and other authorities of the difficulties faced by those experiencing Domestic Abuse.

To publicise the service we offer as widely as possible in order to ensure that everyone who may need our service is aware of the services we provide, and knows how to contact us

To offer information, support and signposting to any victim/survivor of domestic abuse.

Service provision includes

  • Female and Male Refuge service
  • Children & young people’s Domestic Abuse Support services
  • Specialist BAME support services
  • Gender Specific Domestic Abuse Support Services
  • Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA’s)
  • Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference administration (MARAC)
  • Intervention & Recovery Services
  • Specialist counselling service
  • Group sessions and drop in services
  • Awareness raising and campaigning
  • Training & development of resources.

Anyone can experience domestic abuse as it occurs regardless of age, sex, class, race, social standing, social group, sexuality, disability or lifestyle.

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