Roanoke’s D.A.D.s group helps more than 50 women leave abusive situations amid COVID-19 pandemic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A former Roanoke police officer is leading a charge to help women separate from domestic violence amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the number of clients receiving assistance increases.

Trey Gregory with D.A.D, Inc. is a father and grandfather. He used to assist domestic violence survivors in a professional capacity with the city, but has since branched out with some fellow fathers, grandfathers, and men.

D.A.D. is comprised fully of volunteers, and since the group’s founding in 2012, the men have been funded completely by the community. However, because the organization is not funded by the government, they do not have to follow the same rules.

One of the liberties taken by the volunteers is that they only help women. Gregory said it’s not because domestic violence does not happen to men, but instead it is because the number of women being assaulted sexually with domestic violence cases is shocking.

The location of the facility is concealed for the safety of those seeking help. However, there is a Facebook page and a website. Gregory says that one code he uses for those in unsafe situations when reaching out on Facebook is asking for “groceries being delivered” or “milk.” That way, it does not seem strange when an address is requested.

The group also works closely with Total Action for Progress (TAP). Their goal is to help women every step of the way, and their main requirement is that clients file an order of protection.

However, there are many resources around the Roanoke area for people in need of help with domestic violence situations, including those listed below:

  • Sabrina’s Place by TAP: (540) 777-3799
  • Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA): (540) 345-7273 for free services, (540) 981-9352 for 24-hour hotline
  • TAP Domestic Abuse assistance: (540) 283-4813 for services, (540) 580-0775 for 24-hour hotline

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