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If you are a victim of domestic abuse help can be found – contact West Mercia Women’s Aid
If you are in danger dial 999
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Domestic Abuse is unacceptable and tackling the issue is a priority for organisations and services working across Herefordshire.
Domestic Abuse is a Safeguarding and Public Health matter. Early intervention and support is crucial.
What is Domestic Abuse?
Women’s Aid define domestic abuse as:
“An incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.”
Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
Domestic abuse also occurs in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary and transgender communities. Heterosexual men can also be abused by heterosexual women.
Domestic abuse doesn’t just occur between partners living in the same residence. It also occurs with interfamilial relationships, ex partners, and parent/adult child relationships.
The professional guidance on domestic abuse is applicable for all victims (female, male, LGBTQ etc.) and can be found within the West Midlands Procedures
Guidance for Professionals to Enable Disclosures:
Separation does not ensure safety; it often increases the risk. Always consult specialist Domestic Abuse agencies for safety planning advice. Click to visit the West Mercia Women’s Aid website, or call the 24 hour helpline on 0800 783 1359.
If you believe a situation is high risk refer to Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference procedures (MARAC). The MARAC guidance can be found here.