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New service to support survivors of domestic abuse in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

07 October 2022

Survivors of domestic abuse across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough can now access a new countywide support service.

Following a procurement exercise, Cambridgeshire County Council has commissioned IMPAKT Housing and Support to provide a countywide mobile advocacy/outreach service offering a range of support to victims and survivors.

The new Domestic Abuse Support Service (DASS) will work in a trauma informed way to understand the needs and wishes of the individual and develop appropriate support and safety plans. DASS will offer support with issues around home security to help survivors remain safely in their own homes where appropriate, accessing benefits and signposting or referral to specialist services such as legal representation, mental health and substance misuse. DASS will also be offering drop-in services in partnership with other specialist services across the county.

Cllr Hilary Cox-Condron, Vice Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Communities, Social Mobility and Inclusion Committee, said: “With additional funding from the government, Cambridgeshire County Council have commissioned specialist support for those women and men subjected to domestic abuse across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This is an increase of 30% on previous support. I would encourage anyone being abused by their current or ex-partner, or a family member to get in touch with DASS for advice and practical support.”

A spokesperson for IMPAKT said: “We are looking forward to meeting and working with new partners and building on the service we deliver in Bedfordshire. As we are new to Cambridgeshire, here’s a little bit about us - we are committed to supporting people to recover from trauma and the devastating impact of homelessness and/or domestic abuse, in a safe and aspirational environment.

“In 2018, we embarked on our journey to become a ‘PIE’ (Psychologically Informed Environment) service. This involved a complete overhaul of policy, procedure and paperwork, with a focus on trauma informed care and strengths-based practice at its core.”

“Building on our experience of supporting women and families in refuge accommodation, in 2018 we embarked on delivery of a domestic abuse outreach service through our DART team. Our highly skilled domestic abuse outreach staff in Bedfordshire offer resettlement support, advice and advocacy to victims and survivors across the county in a similar vein to the service we will be providing in Cambridgeshire Peterborough through the Domestic Abuse Support Services (DASS) team.

“The DASS team will comprise some new as well as familiar faces, with their local knowledge, contacts and experience.”

Survivors can self-refer to the confidential service by emailing:, calling 01234 264109 or visiting here.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership have information on their website to support victims/survivors, friends and family and professionals