Do you feel safe in your home?
You do not have to suffer abuse alone – watch our video
There are people who can help – meet our CHS Champions
Domestic abuse can happen in any household. It is widespread and under-reported, and can happen to men or women. Abuse generally has a negative impact on a person’s mental and/or physical well-being and also affects the emotional and social well-being of children in the household. It need not be physical violence – it may be emotional, psychological, financial or controlling behaviour.
CHS is opposed to all forms of domestic abuse (whether between partners / ex-partners or between other family members and against vulnerable adults) and will positively support those who experience it. We will take strong action against the perpetrators of domestic violence where we have the power to do so, and work with partner agencies to help to increase the choices for those who are abused. If you commit domestic abuse it is a breach of your tenancy agreement.
We adopt a person-centred approach. We aim to:
- Listen, support and take a non-judgemental approach
- Take the action you want if you’re experiencing domestic abuse
- We work closely with other agencies to make sure that together we make the greatest impact to stop any abuse
New national Domestic Abuse website
Refuge runs the 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247) which provides free, confidential support to women experiencing all forms of domestic abuse. The team links women to emergency accommodation, and provides emotional support and empower women with information about their rights and options, helping to increase your safety and that of your children – and begin to rebuild their lives.
Refuge also has a digital Helpline platform: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
The website is an easy to navigate where women (and friends, family and professionals supporting women) can:
- Find out about your rights and options – for example, in relation to housing, child contact, criminal and civil remedies
- Contact Helpline workers via a secure web contact form that puts the power in women’s hands to decide the best time to talk.
- Find support to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and begin to process your own experiences
- Gain reassurance about what it is like to call the Helpline and what you can expect
Cambridge Women’s Aid
National Domestic Abuse 24 hr Helpline
0808 2000 247
National Victim Support
0845 3030 900
Men’s Advice Line
0808 8010 237
Click here for our Domestic Abuse Policy
For more information read our article and see our tips on how to cover your tracks online