What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic violence and abuse is unacceptable in any form. Eve works to support women and children who are survivors of domestic violence and abuse.
Domestic violence and abuse includes controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people who are aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family member regardless of gender or sexuality. It includes harm that is:
Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, in-laws or step family.
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
Domestic Violence and Abuse includes culturally specific forms of harm which may include forced marriage, dowry related abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM) or honour based violence.
This is not a legal definition.
Who is affected by domestic violence and abuse?
The vast majority of the victims of domestic violence are women and children, and women are also considerably more likely to experience repeated and severe forms of violence, and sexual abuse. Women may experience domestic violence regardless of ethnicity, religion, class, age, sexuality, disability or lifestyle. Domestic abuse can also occur in a range of relationships including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender relationships, and extended families.
Recognising Domestic Violence & Abuse
Everyone has arguments and everyone disagrees with their partners, family members and others close to them from time to time. We all do things that we regret and which cause unhappiness to those we care about. But if this begins to form a consistent pattern, then it is an indication of domestic violence.
IN A EMERGENCY contact the Police on 999
Domestic violence disclosure scheme
From 8 March 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme was implemented across England and Wales.
Right to ask
Under the scheme an individual can ask police to check whether a new or existing partner has a violent past. This is the ‘right to ask’. If records show that an individual may be at risk of domestic violence from a partner, the police will consider disclosing the information. A disclosure can be made if it is legal, proportionate and necessary to do so.
Right to know
This enables an agency to apply for a disclosure if the agency believes that an individual is at risk of domestic violence from their partner. Again, the police can release information if it is lawful, necessary and proportionate to do so.
Useful Phone Numbers:
Corby Sunflower Centre: 01536 204691
Support and advice services to male and female victims of domestic abuse.
Northampton Women’s Aid: 0845 123 2311
24-hour emergency refuge, support, outreach and aftercare to women and their children who are victims of domestic abuse.
Wellingborough & East Northamptonshire Women’s Aid: 07879 844451
Safe and secure emergency accommodation for women and children within Northamptonshire and throughout the country.
Victim Support Northamptonshire: 01604 603477
Emotional and practical support and information to male and female victims of crime by telephone or in a safe environment.
Voice: 0300 222 5930
Helpline for victims of interpersonal violence in Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Rape Crisis: 01604 250721
Confidential advice, counselling and support for victims of rape, incest and sexual abuse.
Refuge offers a range of services which gives women and children access to professional support whatever their situation.
Supports people affected by crime by providing free and confidential support to help victims’ deal with their experience.
Domestic abuse website aimed specifically at children and young people with clear and easy-to-understand explanations and information.
National charity working on behalf of female victims of domestic abuse.
The Survivor’s Handbook
What about male victims of domestic violence?
Eve exists to respond to the needs of women and children who are victims and/or survivors of domestic violence and abuse. However, we recognise that controlling and abusive behaviour can also occur in male gay relationships and by women against men.
Every person has the right to live a life free from violence. If you or a man you know is experiencing domestic violence you can contact the following organisations for information, advice and guidance.
- Voice – helpline for victims of interpersonal violence in Northamptonshire 0300 222 5930
- Northampton Sunflower Centre 01604 233684
- Corby Sunflower Centre 01536 204691
On line support:
- Men’s Advice Line. http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk
- Survivors UK. http://www.survivorsuk.org
- Arch North Staff. www.archnorthstaffs.org.uk
- Empowerment (formerly Blackpool Advocacy). http://www.blackpooladvocacy.co.uk
- Safer Wales. http://www.saferwales.com
- Preston Domestic Violence Service. http://www.pdvs.org.uk
- Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service. http://www.ddvsas.org.uk
- Safeline. http://www.safeline.org.uk
- GALOP (London’s LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity). http://www.galop.org.uk
- The Lesbian and Gay Foundation. http://www.lgf.org.uk
- Broken Rainbow. http://www.brokenrainbow.org.uk/