Domestic Abuse - don't suffer in silence
If you are being frightened, hurt or abused by a partner or a family member, or know someone who is, please consider calling one of the following telephone numbers:
- In an emergency, dial 999
- South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service 01483 577392
- Surrey Domestic Abuse Helpline 01483 776822 (24 hours)
- Victim Support Surrey 0845 3030 900
- Surrey Police 101
- Male Advice Line 0845 064 6800
Or more information can be gained from the website Help and Support for Survivors of Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse represents one quarter of all violent crime
In Surrey, Domestic Abuse affects one in four women - children and young people are also severely affected by domestic abuse. One in six men nationally will be affected. On average, a woman will be assaulted 35 times before reporting the abuse and it is a factor in 1 in 4 suicide attempts by women. It can be defined as actual or threatened physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse. It involves the use of power and control by one person over another. It occurs regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexuality, age, religion, mental or physical ability.
How does Domestic Abuse affect people?
Domestic abuse presents itself in a variety of often deep, complex and subtle ways. Even if physical abuse is not involved, the fear of abuse can be enough to control, intimidate and isolate a victim. It usually takes place between partners or ex partners or within a family relationship and involves the exercise of power and control by one person over another.
Domestic abuse can also affect victim's housing, health, education and the freedom to live freely without fear. Different forms of abuse can distort the victim's sense of reality, so that they convince themselves that the abusive behaviour is acceptable, or it is their fault and that there is no way out of the situation.
Waverley Borough Council is committed to helping those affected by Domestic Abuse. Safer Waverley, in partnership with Safer Guildford, helps fund the South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service. The service works with women, and also children and men, who are, or have been experiencing domestic abuse in the local community.
The service supports people in Guildford & Waverley by giving practical and emotional support and acting as advocates for women going through legal and other matters. The service has a 'one-stop shop' approach to supporting families, recognising that domestic abuse can impact on every aspect of a victim's life.
Domestic Abuse and Housing
One of the many reasons that women remain in an abusive relationship is the fear of losing their home, not knowing where they can go if they choose to leave, how will they afford to finance relocating or rent, etc. The Housing Services staff at Waverley understand this and have officers who are appreciative of the difficulties raised in such circumstances. They can refer to a part time in house Specialist Advisor who can talk through options, offer advice and advocacy in supporting victims through Housing processes. Please contact Annette Marshall on 01483 523020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Page owner: Clare Arnold. Last updated: 03/08/2012 12:59