Domestic abuse can affect men and women of any age, from any culture or religion, in a heterosexual or same sex relationship (or not in a relationship at all), living with or apart from their abuser.

The abuse could be physical, psychological, sexual, financial or emotional, or could be in the form of ‘honour’ based violence, including forced marriage or female genital mutilation (FGM).

It’s rarely a one-off incident and tends to get worse over time.

If you feel you are a victim of any form of domestic abuse, or feel at risk, we can offer you a range of advice and support. Domestic abuse is unacceptable, and we’ll take firm action against those responsible.

 

But if you feel in immediate danger, please contact the police by calling 999.

 

Please also contact us or talk to the housing team, so we can refer you to specialist organisations who can offer you support and advice.

You can also ring the National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247.

 

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What will you do if I report domestic abuse?

We’ll listen to you, believing what you tell us, and will contact you safely, in a way and time that suits you.

We’ll treat what you tell us confidentially but, if we’re concerned that someone is at risk of serious harm, we do have to pass this information on to the police.

We’ll be clear about what we can do and we’ll help you find specialist support. If you want to take action against your abuser, we can support you.

How can we help?

We’ll keep in regular contact with you and keep a log of everything you tell us.

We can give advice and support on restraining orders and injunctions and make referrals to other agencies. We’ll work closely with those agencies to make sure you get the help you need.

If you need to leave your home, we can help you find a safe place to live. If you want to stay at home, we can provide additional security measures. We can also give you advice on applying for benefits and help you fill out the forms.

 

You can report incidents of domestic abuse by:

  • Talking to a trained member of our team on 01626 322722, between 8:30am and 5pm, and someone will get back to you within one working day.
  • National Domestic Violence helpline on 0808 2000 247
  • Completing the form below

 

If you are worried that you are inflicting abuse or violence on someone else or worried that you may do so in the future, you can also access free, confidential help. It takes courage to admit you are doing wrong.

 


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Call the Respect Phoneline to get help to stop.

The Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop. They help male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as concerned friends and family members and Frontline Workers are also welcome to contact them for information, advice and support. The number will not appear on your phone bill.

0808 802 4040

info@respectphoneline.org.uk

If you're reporting domestic abuse online, it's important to make sure you cover your tracks

Internet Explorer 

  • Click the Tools button (which looks like a cog) in the top right hand corner of your browse
  • Open Safety from the menu and choose Delete browsing history
  • Make sure the box for History is checked before deleting
  • If you’ve downloaded any of our factsheets, check the box for Download History too

 

Google Chrome

  • Click the drop down menu (three horizontal bars) in the top right hand corner of the browser
  • Open History from the menu and click History
  • Click Clear browsing data at the top of the page and make sure the box for browsing history is checked before clearing your browsing data
  • Google will default clear data from the last hour. Using the drop down box at the top of the pop-up window, you can change this to a day, week, month or since you’ve started using Google Chrome
  • If you’ve downloaded any of our factsheets, check the box for Download history too

 

Mozilla Firefox

  • Click the Tools button from the menu along the top of the browser
  • Choose Clear Private Data (or Ctrl+Shift+Del)
  • Make sure Browsing History and Saved Form and Search History are checked before clicking Clear Private Data Now
  • If you’ve downloaded any of our factsheets, check the box for Download history too