Watford and Three Rivers Domestic Abuse Forum

28th June 2010

Professionals from Voluntary and Statutory organisations from Watford and Three Rivers have joined forces to create ‘The Watford and Three Rivers Domestic Abuse Forum.’

Alison Thomas , Domestic Abuse Forum Chair and Manager of the Watford Women’s Centre said,
‘The work of the Forum is to help reach people where they live, work and play - in schools, community centres and self help groups to remove the stigma of domestic violence and encourage both victims and perpetrators to seek help.

If you work for a statutory or voluntary organisation who are not represented at the Forum and feel that you would have a valuable role in helping us meet our aims then please contact Vanessa Levy, Co-Chair of the forum, at Watford CVS on 

Bruised eyeDomestic violence often goes unreported. Government statistics show that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life. This collaboration will enable Watford and Three Rivers to develop an effective multi-agency response in providing support and assistance to victims of domestic abuse in the area.

Ranjit Gill
, Three Rivers Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker said,
‘Both women and men can suffer domestic abuse and it can occur in heterosexual or homosexual couples. There has recently been an increase in the number of Male victims approaching services within the Watford and Three Rivers area and we see this as a very positive step.’

Charmaine Scott, the Three Rivers Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) said,
‘The merge of the two areas is a positive move and agencies will work together to increase a multi-agency approach to support people suffering Domestic Abuse. It is important for agencies to be aware of the effects of Domestic Abuse and for people experiencing abuse to be able to obtain the appropriate help and support. Within the local area, during a three month period, 118 people approached the IDVA service and 91 of these did not want any Police involvement’

We encourage anybody who is affected by domestic abuse to contact one of the following numbers:

  • Hertfordshire Domestic Violence/Abuse Helpline 0808 808 8088 (Monday to Friday 10am - 8pm)
  • The Sunflower Centre (domestic abuse support services including Police and the Watford Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) 01923 215180
  • Three Rivers Independent Domestic Violence Advisor 01923 727231
  • Watford Women's Centre Tel: 01923 816229 
  • Women's Aid Tel: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours) 
  • Men’s Advice Line (supporting male victims of domestic violence) 0808 801 0327
  • Action on Elder Abuse Tel: 0808 808 8141 
  • Broken Rainbow (support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence) Tel: 0845 260 4460 (helpline from mobile) 0300 999 LGBT (5428)

Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls. These rules apply to calls from any type of line including mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone.

Remember! In an emergency phone 999