Today marks the start of the #16DaysofAction and #WhiteRibbonDay campaign to raise awareness about Domestic Violence.
The 16 Days of Action against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25th November - the International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence and runs until 10th December - Human Rights Day. Please join us in raising awareness and help us put a stop to Domestic Violence.
What is Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is defined as physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence that takes place within an intimate or family-type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. Nationally one in four women and one in six men will endure domestic violence during their lifetime. It is estimated that domestic violence is as serious a cause of death and incapacity amongst women aged between 15 and 44 as cancer.
But domestic violence doesn’t just stay at home; the impact on an individual’s mental health and wellbeing, emotional and physical health, comes with them into the office. For many people enduring violence, work is one of the few places where they can be safe from their abuser, although sadly there are some cases where the perpetrator works in the same organisation.
You are not alone
For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.
Friends, family, neighbours and community members can be a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse. If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, reassure them that the police and support services are still there to help and direct them to sources of support.
The Tenancy Management team can offer advice and support to victims of domestic abuse. We understand how devastating such abuse can be and how difficult it can be to gather the courage to do something about it. If you approach us for support we will ensure that:
- You are treated with compassion and discretion
- Your confidentiality and privacy are respected
- We will agree all actions with you and that we only take action with your consent.
We can offer help such as:
- Offering advice and support
- Offering referrals to specialist support agencies
- Advice about housing options
- Provision of extra security
- Taking enforcement action against the perpetrator of the abuse, such as applying for an injunction, or taking possession proceedings.
In an emergency situation, always call the police 999
We work with local specialist partners who provide assistance, advice, support and practical help.
Preston Domestic Violence Service (PDVS)
PDVS helpline provides confidential, free advice, support and a listening ear to all victims of domestic abuse. They can provide specialist services and outreach support.
Helpline: 01772 201601 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.pdvs.org.uk
Safenet Refuge Preston
Safenet refuge offer safe, confidential, secure, self-contained flats for women and children who are fleeing domestic abuse in Preston, they can also access refuge accommodation throughout the British Isles.
Helpline: 01772 496177 Email: email@example.com Website: www.safenet.org.uk
Lancashire Victim Support (LVS)
LVS Provide support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Specially trained staff will be able to help you access the right support for you and provide emotional support, guidance and practical help, whether you have been affected recently or in the past. All of the services are free and confidential.
Helpline: 0300 323 0085 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
You can call the National Domestic Abuse helpline for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247 Website: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
National Domestic Abuse helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people
Helpline: 0845 260 55 60
We will be posting further information on our website and social media throughout the 16 Days of Action.