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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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In memory of Dr Moira Walker

It is with the greatest sadness that we tell you that on the 25th March 2013, Dr Moira Walker, chair and founder of DAA, died after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Since mid November 2012 Moira had been fighting the relapse of her mantle cell lymphoma from three years ago. She was a fighter to the end, this time for herself, having over a lifetime fought for so many others.

Moira was wholly dedicated to the founding and development of DAA. Her vision and passion in bringing the organisation together, and her ongoing leadership has been an inspiration to all those involved in DAA, which continues to bring much needed counselling and support to survivors of childhood abuse in Dorset. In addition, it was with great pride that in December 2012, Moira received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service for DAA, a testament to this achievement.

In the near future we will be holding a memorial event to celebrate her life and her energy and inspiration. We will let people know when this will be.

Moira was always quick to express her gratitude and appreciation for everyone who has supported her work in so many different, invaluable ways. We will, of course, be carrying forward the very important work that Moira started through founding Dorset Action on Abuse.

Below is an except from Moira’s book ‘Questions of Abuse’, which she wrote in 2003, a while before founding DAA. Moira was herself a shining example of someone who as a volunteer chair put enormous energy into the charity.

“I have worked as a therapist with abuse survivors for many years now and have also trained others to undertake this work, and supervised many working in this painful area. I am continually impressed by the tenacity and bravery not only of survivors but also of those who care for them, and work with them. A particular mention must go to those who put such enormous energy into setting up voluntary services that are literally life-savers for many, and they do it with few resources and often too little support. However, another feeling runs alongside. That is one of continuing horror at the scale of the problem; the forms it takes; the numbers involved; the appaling impact on the lives of so many adults as a result of childhood abuse, and the suffering and pain that is being inflicted, even as I write, on unimaginably large numbers of children.

“Although this horror may be seen to be reflected in society at large it is yet to be translated into sufficient funding and sufficiently coherent and effective policies and service provision. If it is to have meaning it has to be backed up by money. And somehow we have to turn ourselves into a society that takes a wider responsibility for the well-being of children. They are our future and to ensure this they must be the responsibility of a larger community. Whilst services for the protection of children need to be scrutinized and need to be adequately resourced, the buck does not stop there. Children live in our streets, go to our schools, are our neighbours and part of our community. Turning a blind eye, seeing them as only the responsibility of designated others, is dangerous.”

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