We believe that no one should live in fear of domestic abuse and we will take steps to advise, assist and support any person suffering from, or threatened with, domestic abuse.
We are proud to support the Chartered Institute of Housing's ‘Make a Stand’ pledge, launched in 2018. The pledge gives housing organisations the opportunity to sign up to make four focused and deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.
The Home Office (2013) definition of domestic abuse is: “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”. The most prevalent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships. But the definition of domestic abuse also covers abuse between family members, such as adolescent to parent violence and abuse. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
- coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
- psychological and/or emotional abuse
- physical or sexual abuse
- financial abuse
- harassment and stalking
- online or digital abuse.
We operate a safe haven for victims and their children via three specialist refuges.
If you are looking for local services that offer practical help and emotional support to people who have been the victim of any crime including domestic abuse, please see the Women's Aid website.