Hate crime and harassment
We are committed to fair treatment for all, and believe that everyone must be given an equal chance to live, work and learn free from discrimination, prejudice and harassment.
We have a hate crime and harassment policy to make sure this happens.
The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is '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, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.'
Domestic abuse can take different forms, including:
- Physical abuse: pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.
- Sexual abuse: forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.
- Financial abuse: taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.
- Emotional abuse / coercive control: repeatedly making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games. Coercive control is now a criminal offence under the Serious Crime Act 2015.
- Digital / online abuse: using technology to further isolate, humiliate or control someone.
- Honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
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.