What is Domestic Violence

The UK definition of Domestic Violence is "any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour,  violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality." This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical 
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional
  • digital / online abuse
  • honour based violence
  • forced marraige
  • female genital mutilation (FGM) 

    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

    How we can help?

    Relationship violence disproportionately affects women, we specialise in supporting South Asian communities that have been coerced into accepting abusive practices under the guise of 'cultural practices' and 'family honour' and further disadvantaged by lack of integration. Crimes are often covert and significantly under-reported making it difficult to gather accurate data on prevalence rates. Part of this process is ensuring victims understand what they do if they are faced coercion, or abuse in their relationships.

    Our service includes specialist one-to-one support and early intervention crisis support. The service is culturally sensitive to those that will not access mainstream provision, experience language barriers and live in fear and isolation. We also welcome victims that have ‘no recourse to public funds’ and struggle to get support due to their legal status. Through evidence from previous projects it is very difficult for them to seek help, as often they are very closely monitored by their abusers. This enclosed and complex home life prevents victims seeking help and is in no position to engage with service providers.

    Our IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advocates) services are staffed by specialist caseworkers and supported by specialist volunteers. These workers will help you to decide what action you want to take and the support and help that feels right for you.

    We have a domestic abuse outreach service, providing workshops to create awareness of Domestic Violence, co-ordinating support and providing information and emotional support to a wide number of people.

    Our service supports both women and men that have been or are affected by Domestic Violence. We’ll help you decide on the range of support and help that might benefit you through our wide range of partners.

    For more information please contact Shabana on 0121 687 6767