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Domestic Abuse Isolated Communities Engagement Project Launch

As part of the national 16 days of Activism started on November 25th 2017 You First was delighted to launch it's new Isolated Communities Engagement Project.  The project aims to empower and educate communities to enable them to support and help those who are being affected by Domestic Abuse. As part of the project we are coordinating a be-friender and champion service with local people for local people where they will have a specialist team supporting them.

Over the last 3 years, Dorset You First, the County Integrated Domestic Violence and Abuse Service have worked with over 3000 women, men and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse.  We are here to support and advise all those who are hiding the pain and hurt of domestic violence and abuse, whether as a person directly experiencing or for friends or family. We hope that with this new project more people who are experiencing domestic abuse will be able to access help and support from their community and services available.

 If you believe you are experiencing domestic abuse or you think you know someone who may be then look out for the dragonfly logo, this may be in the form of a pin badge, certificate or window sticker. 


Please be reassured that should you approach that person or a staff member (if in an organisation) they are trained to provide you with a friendly and informal confidential chat. The be-friender or champion will listen and offer you different options.

You First have a dedicated team of men and women who are ready to help anyone who is experiencing domestic violence and abuse in Dorset. The 24 hour free phone number 0800 032 5204 is available to anyone wanting advice and support. Should you know or suspect anyone is experiencing domestic violence and abuse You First can also give you advice on how to support that person.

Service manager Katie Bielec said 'Making that first phone call and asking for help can appear daunting and frightening. You First, a befriender or champion will not judge you and are there to listen. We will not tell you what to do but try and give you the information you need and help you through your journey. You First work with women, men and children in the community and also within refuge. Our aim is to keep communities together and ensuring people live a life free of fear."

If you are immediate danger then you should call 999.