Domestic violence

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can be:

  • threatening behaviour
  • violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) that takes place in intimate or family-type relationships

It happens across all ages, social class, race, gender, sexualities and disability. Women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence but men can be victims too.

Children and domestic violence

In 90 per cent of domestic violence incidents, children or young people are in the same or next room. 

All children or young people witnessing domestic violence are being emotionally abused. 

If you hear domestic violence

If you hear domestic violence taking place next door, you should report it to the Police immediately.

There are many signs of domestic violence including: verbal abuse, pressure tactics, disrespect, breaking trust, isolation, harassment, threats, sexual violence and physical violence. The abuser will often deny the abuse is happening.   

Are you at high risk or serious harm?

If any of the following are happening to you, you could be at risk of serious harm we strongly encourage you to seek support and protection from the Police or another domestic violence service:

  • violence is getting worse or you have been seriously hurt
  • you have been threatened
  • you have recently separated, or told your partner you are going to leave
  • the perpetrator has access to weapons
  • the perpetrator has raped or sexually assaulted you
  • the perpetrator is harassing or stalking you after you have left
  • the perpetrator is extremely jealous, possessive and controlling
  • you are pregnant or have recently given birth
  • you are socially or culturally isolated by the perpetrator
  • there is extended family involvement and collusion with the abuse
  • the perpetrator is misusing drugs or alcohol
  • the perpetrator is abusive, aggressive or threatening towards your children
  • the perpetrator has a history of ignoring or breaking injunctions or other court orders.

If you are in a violent relationship, what can you do?

  • recognise that what is happening to you is domestic violence, and that it is unacceptable
  • accept that you are not to blame
  • contact the Police or one of the specialist domestic violence services

 

Refuge - Redbridge Violence against Women and Girls Service

Specialist service for anyone living in Redbridge who has experienced, or is at risk of, gender-based violence.

For free, confidential advice call Refuge on 0800 169 7759 or email redbridgevawg@refuge.org.uk.

Housing

If you are homeless due to domestic violence/abuse the Housing Options Team may be able to help find you a place of safety. If you wish to remain in your current home they may be able to assist you with a sanctuary scheme, to enhance the security in your property, or offer other housing options.

Victim Support

Victim Support national support line on: 0808 16 89 111

Visit Victim Support website

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Support and advice including legal help
Freephone 08448 044 999 or 08009 70 20 70 
For minicom and typetalk call 18001 08009 70 20 70
Text 60777

View National Centre for Domestic Violence website

Even if the violence at home isn't aimed at you, it doesn't mean you don't get hurt too.
To talk to someone call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit the Childline website.

Refuge

Freephone 0808 2000 247 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge.

Visit the Refuge website

Woman’s Trust

Free counselling support for women affected by domestic violence

Call 0207 034 0303 or visit the Woman’s Trust website

Men’s advice helpline

Help and advice for men suffering domestic violence 0808 801 0327 (freephone)

View Men’s advice helpline website

Women from other countries

Karma Nirvana

Help and support for victims of honour-based violence and forced marriage 0800 5999 247 (24 hrs). View Karma Nirvana website

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

Forced Marriage Unit - For women in fear of forced marriage 0207 008 0151 (or 0044 207 008 0151 from overseas)

View Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice website

Ashiana

Advice and support for Asian, Turkish/Kurdish and Iranian women. Call 0208 539 9656 or visit the Ashiana website.

Aanchal Women's Aid

Provides specialist advice and support in seven Asian languages, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian to women suffering domestic abuse, 24hr helpline 0845 451 2547. Visit Aanchal Women's Aid website.

Support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans (LGBT) victims

Broken Rainbow

Specialised support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence.

Call 08452 60 44 60 (Monday from 2pm to 8pm, Wednesday from 10am to 1pm, Thursday from 2pm to 8pm) or visit the Broken Rainbow website.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard

Information for lesbians, gays and bisexuals on legal services, support services and counselling 0207 837 7324.

Minicom: 0207 837 7324.

Tel: 0800 169 7759

When someone has been killed as a result of domestic violence (domestic homicide) a review into the help and support they may have received from the Council, Police and other agencies should be carried out.

What happens when someone is killed as a result of domestic violence?

Professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that they can identify what may need to be changed to reduce the risk of it happening again in the future.

The Home Office has published guidance on when a domestic homicide review needs to be carried out and how to do this. Domestic homicide reviews are not enquiries into how the victim died or into who is responsible. The purpose of a Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is to understand where there are lessons to be learned and make recommendations to prevent future homicides.

Domestic Homicide Reviews are carried out at the request of the Chair of the Redbridge Community Safety Partnership, based on advice provided by the Home Office and following consultation with the wider Community Safety Partnership (CSP). If it is decided to carry out a DHR an independent chair agreed with the Home office will be appointed who will carry out the investigation, with any support needed provided by the CSP. The final report will be provided to the Home Office and where appropriate any findings and recommendations will be published.

Family members, friends and colleagues of the victim are important to the DHR process. The independent chair will aim to make contact with friends and family, to enable them to inform the review and build a complete view of the circumstances leading up to the homicide.

The Home Office are informed of any decision to carry out or to not carry out a DHR and the secretary of State can direct that a DHR is carried out if they feel it is appropriate or necessary.

 

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can be:

  • threatening behaviour
  • violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) that takes place in intimate or family-type relationships

It happens across all ages, social class, race, gender, sexualities and disability. Women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence but men can be victims too.

 

Refuge - Redbridge Violence against Women and Girls Service

Specialist service for anyone living in Redbridge who has experienced, or is at risk of, gender-based violence.

For free, confidential advice call Refuge on 0800 169 7759 or email redbridgevawg@refuge.org.uk 

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