Domestic Abuse (Parents & Carers)
What is Domestic & Sexual Violence?
Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (physical, psychological, emotional, sexual or financial) between people who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. This includes sexual violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, honour based violence, stalking and harassment.
Domestic & Sexual Violence can include:
- Slapping, punching, pulling hair, biting, burning, hitting, choking, kicking
- Rape, sexual assault, being forced to watch or act out pornography, indecent phone calls, being spoken to in sexually degrading ways, unwanted touching
- Controlling who you see or talk to, being put down in front of others, being blamed for everything, being humiliated
- Preventing you getting or keeping a job, being kept without money, having your wages or benefits taken from you
- Being watched, followed, sent unwanted letters, phone calls or messages sent through other people. Reading your text messages, email or social network profile
- Trying to make you feel like you are crazy, constant criticism, making you feel bad about yourself, threatening to commit suicide or hurt themselves
- Abusing or threats to hurt children or pets
- Female Genital Mutilation or cutting
- Being forced to marry someone
Deafhope provide specialist support for Deaf Women and children who suffer or experience Domestic Violence. For further information and how to contact Deafhope see here.
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Domestic Violence Support Group for Women
Referral form available here.
Clare’s Law – the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
This scheme was introduced in March 2014 to enable members of the public to make enquiries into an individual’s criminal record if there is a justifiable concern that an individual may have a history of abusive behaviour towards a partner. The applicant may be the partner of the person in question, or it may be a third party e.g. a close relative or friend. For more information please see here.
The Sanctuary Scheme
This scheme enables victims of domestic violence to secure their homes against further potential threats of violence through the use of locks, alarms etc, where the victim no longer lives with the perpetrator. For more information see here.