The Association considers the definition of domestic violence or abuse as any incident of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
Violence and abuse of this nature will not be tolerated, and the Association will respond to any reports with the utmost seriousness. This policy is designed to be read alongside the Association’s Anti-Social Behaviour and Safeguarding Policies.
You can find useful contact details below for a variety or organisations and services that can help:
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a free, confidential helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse and it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact them on:
Women’s Aid provide a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be. The organisation has sister federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The details of their websites and 24/7 helplines are as follows:
Respect is the UK membership organisation for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and young people’s violence in close relationships.
Helpline for people concerned about their behaviour:
Helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse:
Information about local services is easy to find online. You can use the Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse Directory to locate your local domestic abuse support services. You should task someone in your organisation to research this and include details of any relevant local support organisations and refuges. Don’t forget to research organisations which support perpetrators of domestic abuse to address their behaviour as well as organisations which help people experiencing domestic abuse.
Our full Domestic Violence and Abuse Policy can be found here.