Domestic abuse – Help is available
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone
Domestic abuse is a crime and affects the quality of life of the victim, their family and their friends. At Incommunities we firmly believe you, our customers, have a right to live safely in your home, free from any form of abuse. That’s why we have signed up to a national campaign to tackle domestic abuse. In 2018 we joined over 300 housing associations to sign up to the Make a Stand campaign.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can take many forms including physical and sexual abuse to controlling and coercive behaviour by a partner, ex-partner or family member. One in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
This also includes ‘honour based’ violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and incidents of human trafficking.
The abuse can include, but is not limited to:
· Psychological- making you feel devalued and afraid, if you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) this may include threatening to ‘out’ you
· Physical- kicking, punching and restraining you
· Sexual- rape, making you do things you don’t want to do, preventing you from practicing safe sex
· Economical - taking your money and/or controlling your money
· Emotional - making you feel unhappy
Domestic abuse also includes controlling behaviour – such as isolating you from family and friends and coercive control which includes behaviour to frighten or humiliate you. This includes some common traits, such as:
· Threats and intimidation- verbal aggression, escalating to physical violence
· Control- limiting access to your money, restricting your contact with family and friends, controlling your diet. Preventing you from making your own decisions, acting possessively and excessively jealous
· Disrespect- putting you down, criticising you in front of family and friends, calling you insulting names
Report abuse confidentially
We understand how difficult and frightening reporting an abuse could be, but there are people who can help and protect you.
If you are living in an Incommunities home and experiencing domestic abuse, we can support you in confidence. There are a number of ways you can get in touch with us;
If you are in immediate danger for your life, call the Police on tel: 999
Incommunities tenants can contact us confidentially by ringing
01274 25 7777 Monday to Friday 8.30am- 4.30pm - (outside of our office hours, please contact Bradford Council’s Housing Options Service by ringing 01274 381999 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Incommunities tenants can email us on: email@example.com
Incommunities tenants can complete our confidential contact form below - (Note once you complete the form and click the 'report the issue' button, we will give you a reference number.
Getting help from other organisations
There are many local and national organisations who can offer help and assistance to anyone who needs it;
In an emergency, when there is a crime in progress or a danger to life, always dial 999
You should report any incidents of domestic abuse to the police by calling 101
Silent solution - If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and then press 55. This will transfer your call to the relevant police force that will assist you without you having to speak.
Survive and Thrive
Bradford consortium formed by Staying in Put, Family Action, DVS and WomenCentre offering specialist, comprehensive advice for victims of abuse and practical help including temporary accommodation and legal aid.
Tel: 0808 2800 999
Tel: 01274 376581
District Domestic Abuse Unit
Tel: 01274 376744
Bradford Council Housing Options
Tel: 01274 435999 or 01274 381 999
Overcoming abuse through social independence with support
Tel: 01274 634850
Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service
Tel: 01274 308270
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Tel: 0330 223 3617
Bradford based services supporting BME women including those in same sex relationships; offering training, support and safe temporary refuge accommodation for up to two years.
Tel: 0845 960 601
Kirklees Safeguarding Unit 01924 335073 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirklees out of hours emergency service (24 hours a day) 01484 414933
Child abuse (out of hours) 01484 414933
Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership PDAP 0800 052 7222 pdap.co.uk
I need help to stop- domestic abuse support phone line 07849 398711
Services for men:
Bradford Cyrenians (Service supporting male survivors of domestic abuse)
Men Standing Up (Housing, support and emergency accommodation for all men who are victims of domestic abuse) 0300 303 0167 www.bradfordcyrenians.org.uk
National Domestic Violence Helpline (England)
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24hours, can direct to local services)
Women’s Aid – www.womensaid.org.uk – Can signpost to local services and also provide refuges
Supports men affected by domestic abuse.
Helpline: 01823 334244 (Monday to Friday 10am–4pm and 7pm–9pm
Men’s Advice Line - support for abused men.
Tel: 0808 801 0327 or visit www.mensadviceline.org.uk.
Support for people perpetrating Domestic Abuse and wanting to change
Maze (part of Survive & Thrive)
9.00am to 5.00pm contact mobile: 07949595 227
0808 8024040 (Mon to Fri 9.00am to 5.00pm)
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