Victims of Domestic Violence Matter - Men & Women

It’s not for safe for us to go outdoors because of Covid 19, but for some of us the danger is staying at home.  Domestic violence takes many forms and both men and women can be victims.  The wheel, below, was created by the Domestic Abuser Intervention Programs as part of “The Duluth Model”, which focuses on training and education that teaches how communities can work together to shift blame to abusers and better support survivors. The wheel sets out the various forms of domestic violence, just because you cannot see it, does not mean it’s not abuse!

We understand, that when you are in an abusive relationship, it can feel like there is no escape and sadly, it is inevitable that if you are forced to stay within the confines of your home, without the same level of social interaction, that it makes a bad situation feel impossible!

You are not alone and there is help out there, a lot of organisations have adapted their services to ensure help is still available during the coronavirus pandemic.  If you are in immediate danger, you should call 999.  If you are unable to speak, there are now systems in place to connect you to the right service. If you are calling from a mobile, you can use the “silent solution” system.  Press 55 and the operator will transfer the call to the relevant police force.  Remember calling from a mobile does not help the Police locate you.  If you are calling from a landline, pressing 55 will not work, you can stay silent or cough, the police are more likely to be able to locate you when you are using a landline.

We have put together a list of organisations and their contact details, should you need it:

ORGANISATION

WHAT THEY OFFER?

CONTACT DETAILS

Kaleidoscopic UK

Charitable organisation of survivors of all forms of domestic violence.

  • Multiple support groups via zoom
  • Liberation Programme to give you tools on how to break the vicious cycle
  • Support is open ended and threshold free
  • Led by victims of domestic violence

www.kaleidoscopic.uk

 

Email: kaleidoscopicuk@gmail.com

 

National Domestic Violence Helpline

They provide advice and support as well as help with emergency non molestation orders and refuge accommodation.

 

08082000247

The Samaritans

24hr Emotional Support Dial

 

116123

Childline:

  • Talk  to a counsellor online

08001111

Paladin Stalking Helpline

  • Provide trauma support
  • Knowledge hub – a single port of call for victims

02038664107

Email: info@paladinservice.co.uk

Sexual Assault Referral Centre:

 

08009709952

Male Abuse advice; Respect call

 

08009709952

LGBTQ Anti-violence advocacy Galop

  • Available Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday and Thursday 10am to 8pm

02077042040 / 0800 999 5428

Email: help@galop.org.uk

Berkshire Women’s Aid

  • 24/7 helpline
  • Community outreach will be delivered by phone
  • Refuges remain open with support for self-isolation and social distancing
  • Possible digital platforms

www.berkshirewomensaid.org.uk

01189504003

Freedom Programme

(for men and women, for victims and perpetrators)

  • Online programmes and resources

www.freedomprogramme.co.uk

01942262270

Email: chris@fpcharity.co.uk

 

 

Trust House

  • Rape & Sexual Violence of women, men, girls and boys

Trusthousereading.org

01189584033

support@trusthousereading.org

 

Refuge

  • Free 24 hr helpline
  • Online support
  • Tips on making a silent call

08002000247

https://www.refuge.org.uk/

Respect Phone line

  • Support if you are hurting the ones you love

Respectphoneline.org.uk

08088024040

Men’s Advice Line

 

08088010327

Chayn

  • Open source project run by volunteers from 15 countries including Pakistan, India and Italy in Urdu, Hindi and Italian

Chayn.co

Economic Abuse

  • On the surviving economic page, there is a link directing to you to Women’s Aid and Bright Sky App, which can help you locate domestic abuse service local to you
  • There are links to the ways banks can help you and other useful links

Assets.publishing.service.gov.uk

Survivingeconomicabuse.org

SafeLives

  • Help for professionals and those working in domestic abuse sector

Community.safelives.org.uk

Women’s Aid

  • Lots of useful  links
  • Information on how to cover your tracks online
  • Female support staff

 

Live Chat Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm – chat.womensaid.org.uk

Email: helpline@womensaid.org.uk

Womensaid.org.uk

 

Non – Molestation Orders

If you are in a position where you are applying for a Non-molestation Order, during the coronavirus pandemic, the government have issued good clear guidance on what you can do, it explains that you should:

  • Make sure the court is open before sending an application
  • That hearings can take place by remote means whenever possible
  • That if it is difficult for a complainant to use the telephone then they should say this in an email to the court and the Judge may be able to deal with the application on paper.

If you click on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/applying-for-a-domestic-violence-family-law-act-injunction-for-unrepresented-applicants , you will see the complete steps for making an application, without representation.  If you cannot contact the courts online, you can contact them by telephone and ask for the forms to be sent to you at an address of your choosing.

Rowberry Morris – Your lawyers for life

Peter.reynolds@rowberrymorris.co.uk

Staines – Family Team

Julie.gallimore@rowberrymorris.co.uk

Tadley – Family Team

Jasbinder.dail@rowberrymorris.co.uk

Reading – Care Team

Pavandeep.saran@rowberrymorris.co.uk

Reading – Care Team

Lubna.hameed@rowberrymorris.co.uk

Reading – Family Team

 

The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.