Domestic Abuse – Do you feel safe in your home?
Don’t suffer in silence – we’re here to help you.
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, financial or emotional abuse, and being cut off from your family and friends.
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. If we’re worried you may be experiencing domestic abuse, we will approach you sensitively to ask how we can help. If you report domestic abuse to us, we will respond quickly and agree with you how we can help, how to keep in contact with us safely, and what steps to take next. If you are a perpetrator of domestic abuse, we will take action against you.
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.
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. In an emergency, you should call the police.
More help and advice
Contact us to talk over your options. You can also contact: