New service for men who are victims of domestic abuse in Kent

A new service dedicated to supporting men who are victims of domestic abuse has been launched in Kent & Medway this week.
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One in six men experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives. However that number could be even higher as many people don't come forward to seek help and so remain hidden.

The Domestic Abuse Victim Empowerment Service is also known as ‘DAVE and will offer a confidential service for men across Kent and Medway. You will be assigned a personal advisor who will provide emotional and practical support, plan your physical and emotional safety, help you to maintain relationships with your children and offer support through the justice process and court visits.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity. Although, statistics show that most domestic abuse is carried out by men, women can also be the perpetrators.

Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.

Domestic abuse is a crime.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include, but is not limited to:

  • coercive control and ‘gaslighting’ (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • financial or economic abuse
  • online or digital abuse
  • verbal abuse
  • emotional and/or psychological abuse
  • physical or sexual abuse
  • harassment or stalking

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The new service is being provided by Ashford based charity, Dad's Unlimited who are experts in support men through times of crisis.

If you need help phone the DAVE helpline in confidence on 01233 680160 or register for confidential support by visiting

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