Domestic abuse – Help is available

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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

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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 housingoptions@bradford.gov.uk)

Incommunities tenants can email us on: support@incommunties.co.uk

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.

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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.

Local services

Bradford

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

Email: referrals@stayingput.uk.net

 

Safeguarding Unit

Tel: 01274 376581

Email: bd.safeguarding@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

District Domestic Abuse Unit

Tel: 01274 376744

Email: bddistrictdomesticabuse@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Bradford Council Housing Options

Tel: 01274 435999 or 01274 381 999

Email: housingoptions@bradford.gov.uk

 

Oasis Project

Overcoming abuse through social independence with support

Tel: 01274 634850

Email: info@oasis-project.co.uk

 

Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Survivors Service

Tel: 01274 308270

 

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Tel: 0330 223 3617

 

Anah Project

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

Website: www.anahproject.org

 

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Kirklees

Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership

Is a registered charity that provides high quality specialist support, advice, information and safe accommodation to anyone effected by or experiencing domestic abuse.

Tel: 0800 052 7222

Website: www.pdvg.org

 

Safeguarding Unit

Tel: 01924 335 073

Email: ea.safeguarding@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

Kirklees & Calderdale Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre

Tel: 01484 450040

Website: www.kcrasac.co.uk

 

Kirklees out of hours emergency service (24 hours a day)

Tel: 01484 414933

Website: Contact Kirklees Council

 

Child Abuse

Tel: 01484 414933

 

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Sheffield

IDAS

Specialist charity supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Tel: 0808 808 2241

Website: www.idas.org.uk

 

Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC)

Tel: 0114 241 2766

Website: www.sheffieldrapecrisis.org.uk

 

Housing Solutions

Tel: 0114 273 6306 or 0800 7311 689

 

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Rotherham

Rise

Support for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

Tel: 0330 2020571

Email: help@rotherhamrise.org.uk

 

IDVAS (Independent Domestic Violence Advocate Service)

Tel: 0170 9823 981

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Wakefield

Wakefield District Abuse Services (WDDAS)

Is a comprehensive specialist service providing a range of advice and support for those experiencing domestic abuse. Men and women who use abusive behaviours and want to make changes can contact for information and signposting.

Tel: 0800 915 1561

Email: domesticabuse@wakefield.gov.uk

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Craven

North Yorkshire IDAS

Specialist charity supporting people affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Tel: 03000110 110

Website: www.idas.org.uk

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National Services

Refuge

Free National Domestic Violence Helpline supports women and children who have experienced domestic abuse by providing refuges and support in the community. Runs a free phone 24-hour confidential helpline.

Tel: 0808 2000 247

 

Women’s Aid

Coordinates a network of 180 local domestic abuse services nationwide and runs an online chat service.

Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

 

Karma Nirvana

Supporting victims of honour- based abuse and forced marriage.

Tel: 0800 5999 247

Website: karmanirvana.org.uk

 

Galop LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Tel: 0300 999 5428 or 0800 999 5428

Email: help@galop.org.uk

 

Victim Support

Free, confidential support for people affected by crime of traumatic events.

Tel: 0808 168 9111

Website: www.victimsupport.org.uk

 

The Salvation Army

24 hour confidential helpline for reporting modern slavery.

Tel: 0300 3038 151

 

The Modern Day Slavery Foundation

24 hour confidential helpline.

Tel: 0800 0121 700

 

NSPCC

Helpline if a child is in danger of trafficking.

Tel: 0808 8005 000

 

A21 

Non profit organisation combating modern slavery.

Tel: 020 7736 6994

Website: a21.or.uk

 

Hope for Justice

Non profit organisation combating human trafficking.

Tel: 0300 008 8000

Website: hopeforjustice.org/united-kingdom

 

IKWRO Women’s Right Organisation

Protecting Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of honour based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic abuse.

Tel: 020 7628 6469

Website: ikwro.org.uk

 

Rights of Women

Providing women with free, confidential legal advice by specialist women solicitors and barristers.

Family Law - Tel: 020 7251 6577

Criminal Law  - Tel: 020 7251 8887

Immigration Law  - Tel: 020 7490 7689

EU settlement scheme  - Tel: 020 7118 0267

Sexual harassment at work  - Tel: 020 7490 0152

Website: www.rightsofwomen.org.uk

 

Action on Elder Abuse

Confidential advice and information to older people who are victims of violence or abuse. A relative or friend of the person being abused can also contact the helpline on behalf of the

older person. The helpline can be used in the case of older people who live at home, in a care home or who are in hospital.

Tel: 0808 808 8141 or 020 8835 9280

Email: enquiries@elderabuse.org.uk

 

National Stalking Helpline

Advice on how to deal with any type of stalking behaviour. This includes advice on how to report the behaviour to the police, and what you can expect if you report something.

Tel: 0808 802 0300

Email: advice@stalkinghelpline.org 

 

Surviving Economic Abuse

Support information for survivors experiencing economic abuse.

Website: survivingeconomicabuse.org

 

Forced Marriage Unit

Tel: 020 7008 0151 From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 0151

Email: fmu@fcdo.gov.uk

 

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Specialist services for men

Man Standing Up/Cyrenians

Non profit organisation offering housing and support to all men who are victims of domestic abuse

 

Mankind

Support for men affected by domestic abuse.

Tel: 01823 334244

Website: www.mankind.org.uk

 

Men’s Advice Line

Support for abused men.

Tel: 0808 801 0327

Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

 

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Support for people perpetrating domestic abuse and wanting to change

 

MAZE (part of Bradford Survive & Thrive)

Tel: 07949595 227 or 0808 2800 999

Email: referrals@stayingput.uk.net

 

Respect

Phone line information and advice to men and women in heterosexual or same-sex relationships who want to stop their violent behaviour.

Tel: 0808 802 4040 

Email: info@respectphoneline.org.uk

 

 

 

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