Domestic abuse takes many forms and can happen to anyone and at anytime.
Across our district we have also seen a rise in incidents and people seeking help during the pandemic.
It is not always obvious someone is being abused. People may try to hide what is happening to them or be in denial.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is not always physical. It can also include:
- coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
- economic abuse
- online abuse
- threats and intimidation
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse
Look for the signs of domestic abuse
These are just some of the signs someone may be being abused:
- being withdrawn, or being isolated from family and friends
- having bruises, burns or bite marks
- having finances controlled, or not being given enough money to buy food or pay bills
- not being allowed to leave the house, or being stopped from going to college or work
- having your internet or social media use monitored, or someone else reading your texts, emails, or letters
- being repeatedly belittled, put down or told you are worthless
- being pressured into sex
- being told that abuse is your fault, or that you’re overreacting
See more signs to look for on the Government's website.
What to do if you are being abused and you need help
If you believe that you, or someone you know, may be a victim of domestic abuse then it is important you know that help is available.
Here are some organisations you can contact:
National Domestic Abuse Helpline. Free confidential support, 24 hours a day, for victims and those who are worried about friends/loved ones. Call on 0808 2000 247.
West Mercia Women’s Aid. Free 24-hour helpline for support, advice and information on your options 0800 980 3331.
Mankind Initiative. A confidential support helpline for me. 01823 334224.
Victim Support. Can provide emotional and practical help to support you if you have been a victim of domestic abuse. 01905 726896.
Karma Nirvana. Advice and support for forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour-based violence. 0800 599 247.
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline. Advice and support if you are in an LGBT relationship and experiencing domestic abuse. 0300 999 5428.
Polish Domestic Abuse Helpline. Free helpline for Polish people living in the UK experiencing domestic abuse. 0800 061 4004.
Report domestic abuse
If you are being abused, then you should report it to police by calling 101. If you are in immediate danger, then call 999.
If you are in danger and can’t talk then listen to questions from the operator and, if you can, respond by coughing and tapping on the handset.
If you call from a mobile and are in danger and cannot speak, then dial 55 when prompted.
Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance
We are committed to helping victims of domestic abuse and raising awareness of the signs and the help available. That’s why we are applying for Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance accreditation, which sets the gold standard for how housing providers should support people experiencing domestic abuse.