dorset action on abuse
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DAA are one of the recipients of the prestigious Queen's Award 2012.

This award recognises volunteer led organisations providing services that meet the needs of people living in the community.

This is a fantastic achievement for us all and DAA would like to thank our volunteers for their wonderful efforts.


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Evening counselling appointments are now available.

We also offer Skype/telephone counselling for clients unable to come to DAA.
Please call the office for information.


Creative Therapies Group

10 weeks beginning Monday 16 October 2017,

Branksome 2 - 4.30pm

Contact 01202 732424

for more information

DAA Service Director Radio Interview

Our service director Zoë Pool was recently interviewed on Radio Solent on the subject of child abuse. You can hear her talk on the subject by clicking on the button.

Radio Solent

What is the cost at DAA for counselling sessions?

DAA is a charity and relies on fund-raising to keep going. We do not have a set fee, as we want our services to be available to everyone who needs our help. It costs DAA £65 per session to run our services and we ask clients to pay this fee if they can. Of course we know that this amount is not affordable to everyone.

However, our funders expect us to ask all our clients to pay something towards the counselling and therapy they receive from DAA, according to what they can realistically afford to pay.

So, at your assessment we will ask you about your finances and your household income. A weekly payment for every session will then be agreed based on your means and genuine ability to pay. This can be reviewed at any time during counselling. Your payments can help you to value the commitment you are making to yourself and your recovery and helps DAA to keep the service going.


Our latest newsletter:

DAA Newsletter 2014


Previous newsletters:

DAA Newsletter Summer 2012

DAA Newsletter Spring 2009

DAA Newsletter June 2008

BBC Article on Operation Hydrant

The BBC recently published an article about Operation Hydrant, the police investigation focusing on childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by "prominent public persons". So far the investigation has identified over 1,400 suspects and the police have said that they expect to receive “about 116,000 reports of historical child sex abuse by the end of 2015”. To read the article please click on the link below.

BBC Article on
Operation Hydrant

Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales.

They will identify institutional failings where they are found to exist.They will demand accountability for past institutional failings. They will support victims and survivors to share their experience of sexual abuse. And will make practical recommendations to ensure that children are given the care and protection they need.

For more information on IICSA, please follow the link below to their website.

IICSA Website

Financial support from Dorset Police and Crime Comissioner

DAA is very pleased to have received financial support from Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner as part of the Safer Dorset fund. This money will enable DAA to provide additional counselling sessions, self help resources and be able to continue with its Education Programme - thank you Dorset Police!

‘Abuse victims should be “believed”, says College of Policing’

The College of Policing has recommended that the police force must change their policy regarding the way in which the police deal with disclosures given by the survivors of sexual abuse. The Chief Executive, Alex Marshall, has stated that survivors and their testimony should be “believed” and that this policy would hopefully encourage more people to come forward as many survivors remain silent due to a fear of not being believed.

BBC Article on
Police Guidance
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