We take reports of domestic abuse seriously and are committed to supporting residents and enabling them to live their lives free from fear.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence (DV) is controlling behaviour and physical, sexual or emotional abuse of another person or persons within a household.
Abusive behaviours can include:
- Physical assault
- Sexual assault, rape
- Threats, intimidation
- Psychological or emotional impact
- Controlling the victim financially
DV happens in all types of families. The perpetrator is often but not always the male partner, although men suffer Domestic Violence too. The pattern of abuse may include other vulnerable adults or children, or they may be used as a bargaining tool to control the victim.
What to do if you experience Domestic Violence
Contact the Trust as soon as you are able to do so safely. We will treat your complaint seriously, sensitively and in confidence. We have dedicated DV Champions who can provide a sympathetic ear, information, and support - as well as practical steps to help you take any decisions or action that is best for you.
You may speak to a DV Champion of your own gender if you prefer.