If you are in immediate danger, call 999
You do not need to stay at home if you are experiencing domestic abuse. Support services for victims of domestic abuse are still available.
Domestic abuse and violence is unacceptable.
Addressing the issue and supporting the victims is a priority.
Rutland County has a dedicated service that can offer advice, support and assistance to those affected by domestic abuse. You can contact our domestic abuse support help on 08088 020 028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more on the UAVA website.
This includes support services from other agencies to help address the risks posed by the perpetrator / partner, improving home security or finding alternative accommodation.
What is domestic abuse?
The term ‘domestic abuse’ can be confusing, and people often think that it only refers to a person being physically hurt by their partner. The definition in the UK is actually much bigger than this and includes lots of different types of abuse. These are some of the types of abuse people experience and some examples of the behaviours they may include:
- Psychological and emotional abuse: behaviours that damage the person’s confidence and sense of wellbeing, for example being told they are ugly, stupid, useless or crazy, being accused of things they haven’t done and being told that the abuse is their fault.
- Physical abuse: behaviours that physically hurt or injure the person, for example being punched, slapped, kicked, beaten up, strangled, burned, pinched, bitten or hit with an object.
- Harassment: behaviours that disturb or upset the person, for example being stalked, followed or watched, or receiving unwanted texts, calls and emails
- Control and coercion: many of the behaviours described above are about trying to control and oppress the person, and there are also behaviours that restrict the freedom the person has, for example being locked in the house or particular rooms at home, being stopped from having money, and being stopped from getting in touch with the people they know.
As well as these behaviours, people experiencing abuse are often threatened, not only about things that the abuser may do to them, but also to family members, friends and pets. Sometimes these forms of abuse only happen once, but usually they happen several times, and many people experiencing domestic abuse will face a variety of harmful behaviours.
Help and advice
If you live in Rutland and you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, there are many organisations and charities that can offer confidential advice and support:
- Leicestershire Police - 101 (Ask for a Victim Liaison Officer)
- UAVA - 0808 802 0028
- Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327 - A freephone helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse, whether in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, and frontline workers.
- Galop - 0800 999 5428 - An LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity, giving advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
- National Centre for Domestic Violence - 0800 970 2070 Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
- National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247
- NSPCC - 0808 800 5000
- Refuge - 0808 2000 247 - Offers a range of services to support women and children experiencing domestic violence, including a free, 24-hour helpline.
- Samaritans - 0845 790 9090 - 24-hour, confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
If you are in danger, always call 999 and ask for the police.
If you're unable to talk, listen to the questions from the operator and respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can. If prompted, press 55 – this will transfer your call to the police. Please note that pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.
Domestic Abuse Strategy
The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 received Royal Assent in April 2021 and came into force on 1st October 2021. The Act aims to:
- Raise awareness and understanding about the devastating impact of domestic abuse on victims and their families.
- Further improve the effectiveness of the justice system in providing protection for victims of domestic abuse and bringing perpetrators to justice.
- Strengthen the support for victims of abuse by statutory agencies.
Under Part 4 of the Act, all relevant local authorities are required to carry out a strategic needs assessment, to assess, or make arrangements for the assessment of, the need for accommodation based support in its area. Upon the completion of this needs assessment local authorities must prepare and publish a section 57 strategy.
Rutland’s Domestic Abuse Strategy outlines the profile of domestic abuse in Rutland and details its priorities to tackle domestic abuse, and incorporates its duties under Part 4. This Strategy and the subsequent action plan will be monitored and reviewed by the Safer Rutland Partnership incorporating the Local Domestic Abuse Partnership Board.