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:
WHAT THEY OFFER?
Charitable organisation of survivors of all forms of domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Helpline
They provide advice and support as well as help with emergency non molestation orders and refuge accommodation.
24hr Emotional Support Dial
Paladin Stalking Helpline
Sexual Assault Referral Centre:
Male Abuse advice; Respect call
LGBTQ Anti-violence advocacy Galop
02077042040 / 0800 999 5428
Berkshire Women’s Aid
(for men and women, for victims and perpetrators)
Respect Phone line
Men’s Advice Line
Live Chat Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm – chat.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.
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