Domestic abuse

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Domestic abuse can happen to people of all genders, ages and ethnicities. Domestic abuse can be between intimate partners, but also in other types of relationships, e.g. parent and child.

Domestic abuse includes a range of abusive behaviours, not all of which are violent in a physical sense.

If you are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

You can report abuse to us via the online form.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can call the 24-hour freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 080 8200 0247.

There are also number of local and national advice and support agencies that specialise in cases of domestic abuse.

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How we can help

You can report abuse to us via the online form.

Our Antisocial Behaviour team can offer advice and support to victims. They work with the Council and other specialist agencies to help victims take action. We will soon have a dedicated domestic abuse officer to work solely on this service.

The team can help by:

  • Carrying out interviews in a supportive and sympathetic manner.
  • Where possible, conducting interviews with victims by a person of the same sex and/or cultural background as the victim.
  • Providing advice to victims on the possible courses of action, both to respond to the immediate situation and to deal with issues in the longer term.
  • Ensuring our staff are trained to deal with those reporting domestic abuse.
  • Carrying out repairs to make victims of domestic abuse feel more secure in their home.
  • In high risk cases, we may make a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference.
  • Putting victims in touch with organisations that can help, such as Athena, Galop,
    IKWRO, DeafHope, the police and local authorities.

If you require emergency accommodation outside of office hours, please ring 0208 314 7007.