Everyone has a right to be safe.
We will not tolerate domestic abuse by or against our tenants.
We aim to protect sufferers of domestic abuse.
We recognise the seriousness of domestic abuse, and the devastating effects on victims and their families.
It's our duty to report any concern
If you are at risk or think some one else is at risk of abuse, report it.
- If there is an immediate concern - 999
Help is out there, here are some agencies that can help you...
- Gorwel - supports victims of domestic violence, homeless people and older people - 0300 111 212
- Live Fear Free - Advice on Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women - 0808 8010 800
078600 77 333 (text service)
- Womens Aid - Help and support for women who suffer abuse - 01248 679 052
- Men's Advice Line- Help and support for men who suffer abuse - 0333 567 0556
- BAWSO (Black minority ethnic groups) - 01978 355 818
- National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours) - 0808 2000 247
Or call a CCG officer to discuss any concern us on 0300 123 8084
What is abuse?
Domestic Abuse and violence is normally defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of :
- coercive (using force or threat)
- threatening behaviour
- or abuse
between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
Types of abuse
- Physical - includes slapping, punching, kicking, biting, hair pulling and assaults with objects. Some signs that you can see include bruising, cuts and fractures. Other signs that you can'r see could be internal injuries and miscarriages.
- Sexual - includes rape and sexual acts that you didn't agree to do.
- Emotional and/ or physical - includes verbal abuse (saying things), intimidation (make you scared or worthless) and humiliation (make fun of you). Any behaviour that causes fear, such as shouting, staring, threats, gestures, damage to property, being silence/ not talking to you for a really long time and harassment. Controlling behaviour such as isolating victims from friends and family, support and everyday life (not letting you talk to friends and family and people that can help you)
- Economic and financial (money) - controlling your money, not giving you access to your money/ bank account, demanding receipts for everything you buy or giving you an allowance (weekly/ monthly budget) knowing it will not be enough then using overspending as a reason to punish.
- Honour-based abuse- the perpetrator (a person who commits an illegal/ criminal act) might justify the abuse because they needed to do it to protect or honour the family . It can include female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour based violence.
- Stalking and harassment - can include being followed constantly or constantly being harassed by another person e.g sending a lot of unwanted emails and messages. Stalking is a crime.
- Adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA) - the definition of domestic abuse applies to those aged 16 or over, it can equally involve children under 16.
- Controlling behaviour - a range of acts designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support and controlling their everyday behaviour.
- Modern Slavery - including human trafficking, slavery, child slavery, debt bondage, servitude and forced compulsory labour
Signs of abuse
It can be very hard to spot signs of abuse but there are some signs you can look out for...
- Isolation and withdrawal from friends and family (not meeting up with them)
- Cancelling plans always making excuses not to spend time with friends
- Depression or anxiety, less happy than what they used to be
- Changes in clothing or hairstyles
- Change in use of social media, posting less things, removing photos or deleting friends
- Constantly apologising for a persons behaviour
Stay safe on-line
Abuse can happen on-line too. There are things you can do to protect yourself online. Most browsers have a private browsing mode, sometimes called ingognito or seceret mode. This private setting doesn't store information about you. So it will not remember which pages you've been on. It's the best way of hiding your online activity.
Be careful when using free wifi with no password, these aren't always safe to use.
Don't suffer in silence!
Domestic Abuse Policy