About the service
DASAP aims to ensure that people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness due to domestic abuse get the support they need, at the time they need it, and can live safely in their accommodation of choice. It provides the two integral elements necessary for people to move out of domestic abuse situations – specialist support and access to safe accommodation.
Who we help
DASAP works with adults aged 16 and over. Where relevant, we ensure that support is in place for their children. Those we work with may also have issues relating to finances, mental health, physical health, substance use and family relationships, including childcare and child protection.
Domestic abuse includes:
- Emotional abuse- including name-calling, threats, intimidation, control, humiliation, isolation from family, friends and support
- Physical abuse- including hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, biting, spitting, using weapons
- Financial abuse- including money being withheld, no access to bank account etc., having to account for spending, being forced to borrow money or make fraudulent claims
- Sexual abuse- including rape, sexual assault, penetration with objects, being made to watch or imitate pornography
- Forced marriage and honor-based abuse.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, background or lifestyle. Domestic abuse affects children and young people as well as adults.
When it comes to abuse you believe there is no way out … but there is help … there is always a way out.DASAP Service User
How we help
The main aim of DASAP is to support people to gain safe accommodation including:
- Support to remain safely in their own accommodation
- Support to identify alternative accommodation
- Access to Aberdeen City Council’s Housing Access Service for those who are eligible
- Safety planning
- Emotional and practical support
- Personal and home security items
- Advice and information
- Crisis intervention
- Referral to other agencies
- Confidential support
- Non-judgmental approach
The project strives to empower people to address and move on for the abuse they have experienced, enabling them to make positive changes in their lives.
DASAP is provided in partnership with Aberdeen City Council’s Housing Access Service, with Aberdeen Cyrenians being the lead agency.
Support through DASAP is offered for up to three months, anyone requiring further support will be referred to other Aberdeen Cyrenians' services or external agencies based in individual circumstances.
How to access the service
Women and men can self-refer or a referral can be made on their behalf by any agency. All referrals are considered based on individual need rather than a waiting list system.
Please contact us using the details on this page.
DASAP is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.