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Domestic-abuse related offences account for 16% of all violent crime in the UK, however it is still the crime least likely to be reported to the police.
On average 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic violence in their lifetime and over 130,000 children are living in a household where there is a significant risk of domestic abuse.
Two women a week and 30 men per year are killed as a result of this nasty crime, and it’s believed that on average women will experience over 30 incidents of abuse before making a report.
What is domestic abuse and how to recognise it?
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, threatening or violent nature between people over 16 years of age who are or have been intimate partners or family members.
Domestic abuse can happen against men, women and young people. Anyone can be an abuser regardless of gender or sexuality.
There are many types of domestic abuse, most common of them being:
It’s important to remember that different forms of family violence such as honour based violence, forced marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM), modern slavery and self-neglect are also classed as domestic abuse.
Each year approximately 400 domestic abuse victims commit suicide, and it’s highly likely many of these people live in social housing.
At the Group we realise that domestic abuse has a serious impact on those affected, therefore we make it our top priority to put the person affected at the centre of what we do.
How to report domestic abuse?
You can report domestic abuse in a number of ways including in person, online, in writing or over the phone to us.
The suport we can offer:
Your safety and that of any children will be treated with importance
We treat each case seriously, sensitively and in confidence
Each case is individually assessed within 24 hours
We carry out risk assessments using a checklist specifically for this purpose except where a partner agency has already done this
We provide the person with information and let them know about relevant support agencies
We can offer home security where necessary upon assessment of the individual case
How do we operate?
At the Group we have a dedicated Resident Services Team that handles domestic abuse cases.
A case handler will contact the person suffering from the abuse to agree an action plan.
We also work in partnership with other agencies such as domestic violence units, local authorities, the police and other social landlords.
We participate in multi-agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and have a duty to share information with other MARAC agencies about high-risk cases and those where there are child protection concerns.
How you can get in touch...
Alternatively, there are charities you can contact for support, advice and guidance:
National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)
Men's Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 8010 327 (Weekdays 10am to 4pm; Call 999 if in immediate danger)
LGBT Broken Rainbow 0845 2604 460 (Mon-Thu 10am-8pm; Tue-Wed 10am-5pm)