Don’t suffer in silence – we’re here to help you.
This news article explains what we can do if you are experiencing domestic abuse. We know that domestic abuse can ruin lives. One in four women and one in six men will suffer from domestic abuse in their lifetime. On average, two women a week are killed by a current or former male partner.
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse means any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. There are different types of domestic abuse, including physical, psychological, sexual, economic or emotional abuse, and being cut off from your family and friends. Controlling or coercive behaviour is a criminal offence.Domestic abuse is one person taking control of another and using power over them. Children are affected by domestic abuse in the home, either by seeing abuse or by being abused themselves (child abuse).
What will we do to help you?
At CHS we believe that you should not live in fear of violence or abuse from a partner, former partner or any other member of your household. We will support you if you are experiencing domestic abuse to help you rebuild your life, agreeing with you how you want us to support you and working in partnership with other agencies. We know every case is different so we will advise you of what options you have. We will be supportive and non-judgemental. Let us know if you would prefer to speak to someone of the same sex as you and we will arrange this for you. We can also provide translation or an interpreter in your own language.
If you report domestic abuse to us we will respect your confidentiality, respond quickly and agree with you how we can help, how to keep in contact with us safely, and what steps to take next. We will discuss with you what other agencies can help and get them involved with your consent. We will take what action we can against perpetrators of domestic abuse, and help you to do so too.
Checking the risk to your safety
We carry out a risk assessment for all domestic abuse cases. We will go through your options with you, which may include simple steps such as changing the locks or adding more security. If you are at high risk in your home, we will discuss with you options such as finding alternative accommodation.
If you are in immediate danger call 999
More help and advice
A national helpline is available every day – 0808 2000 247
Cambridge Women’s Aid – 01223 460947
CHS Group : 0300 111 3555 firstname.lastname@example.org