How our Domestic Abuse Officers can support you
Domestic abuse can occur in many different forms but is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour.
We know how important it is to have a home where you feel safe. Unfortunately, we also know that if you’re experiencing domestic abuse, your home may not always be a safe place to be. You’re not alone and can have confidence in speaking to our experienced team.
Once you’ve let us know, we’ll do what we can to help you. We’ll work with you to make a plan, and this could include making your home more secure, helping you move somewhere new or working alongside other support you may have in place.
Every situation is different, and we’ll be led by you.
We understand that it may not always be safe for you to talk with us at your home.
If that’s the case, we’ll be happy to meet you somewhere else like a coffee shop, a local park, a friend’s house or even one of our offices. We’ll meet you wherever you feel safest, and we can also agree the safest way to contact you.
If you choose to tell us anything, we’ll keep it confidential, unless we feel there are serious concerns for your safety.
We know that victims of domestic abuse will often try and prioritise protecting their children. However, we know that children are also affected by what they see, hear and experience in their home.
If we’re concerned for the safety of a child, we’ll need to let the safeguarding agencies know – they are here to help too.
a risk to you.
If you’re concerned about the way your partner is behaving, or worry that they may have a history of domestic abuse, you can request a 'Clare's Law Disclosure' from the Police.
They may call this a DVDS (domestic violence disclosure scheme)
You will find further information on your police forces website for your local area.
These are some of the signs:
If you’re experiencing any of these, please let us know.
This covers any behaviour by a young person to control, dominate, or coerce their parents. It’s often threatening and intimidating and can put family safety at risk:
If you have reason to believe that one of your neighbours or even someone else in your household is experiencing domestic abuse, you can tell us.
We won’t share any details about your disclosure with the person or people involved, but you can even tell us anonymously if you’d prefer.
If you feel someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999.
You can get in touch with us in a number of ways, as shown below.
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