Working to tackle domestic abuse
Did you know that two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales?
And that one woman in four experiences domestic abuse in her lifetime?
Whilst it is predominantly women who suffer domestic abuse, one in seven men will suffer from it in their lifetime.
We are one of over 200 housing organisations that have joined together to make a stand against domestic abuse and do all we can to support those who are suffering.
We’ll be making sure we meet the four pledges from the campaign:
• Have a policy to support residents who are affected by domestic abuse
• Make information available on our website and in other places
• Have a policy to support staff who are affected by domestic abuse
• Have a champion who is at a senior level in the organisation
We are already doing some of these things. For example, we our chief executive Selina White is our senior champion and we have a policy to support residents. We are currently developing a policy to support staff as well.
We have formed a team which includes staff and residents who will meet every few months to keep working on tacking domestic abuse.
We work in partnership with a number of support organisations, specifically around helping residents who experience domestic abuse.
For Dorset, support and advice is available through “You First” online at http://theyoutrust.org.uk/service/domestic-violence-abuse/ or phone 0800 032 5204.
For Somerset, support and advice is available through “Somerset Survivors” online at http://www.somersetsurvivors.org.uk/ or the Somerset Domestic Abuse Support Helpline: 0800 69 49 999
Help is also available from The National Domestic Violence Helpline, which is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. Their websites are http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/ and https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ or you can call 0808 2000 247.
For support specifically for men, there is ManKind Initiative: http://new.mankind.org.uk/ Tel: 01823 334244.
If you are in any danger you should call 999 immediately.
The Home Office has a system in place called Silent Solutions which helps callers, such as domestic abuse victims, who cannot speak to an operator.
If you have not been able to signal that your call is an emergency by coughing or whispering after dialing 999, you will be put through to the operator.
If you are in danger, you will be asked to dial "55" otherwise the call will be terminated.