Domestic Abuse

Government statistics show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their life. Domestic Abuse is much more widespread than many people realise and anyone from any background can suffer. Sometimes it is a one-off incident of violence or abuse, but more often it is a pattern of persistent abusive behaviour.

Domestic Abuse is “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.

Three Rivers has a Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) who supports all victims of Domestic Abuse within the Three Rivers District. The IDVA works with clients who are referred from other services or self referred to support them with safety, security, housing, civil remedies and criminal law. This service is independent and therefore the Police do not have to be involved. The service is free, confidential and non judgemental.

To contact the Three Rivers Independent Domestic Violence Advisor please call 01923 727231.

Below is a leaflet that has been produced to help raise awareness of the local help which is available for those experiencing Domestic Abuse. The leaflet contains a list of useful contact numbers.

You can download a copy of the Domestic violence - Don't Live in Fear leaflet here:

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You may also find some useful information and contact numbers on the Herts Direct website and Herts Police website.

The Watford and Three Rivers Domestic Violence Forum

The Watford and Three Rivers Domestic Violence Forum is made up of local agencies that provide support and assistance to victims of domestic abuse. The work of the Forum is to help reach people where they live, work and play - in schools, community centres and self help groups to remove the stigma of domestic violence and encourage both victims and perpetrators to seek help. The Forum believes that a greater openness to working with women still in an abusive relationship will improve the services they provide and help abused women.

If you would like more information about the Watford and Three Rivers Domestic Violence Forum please contact the Community Partnerships Team on 01923 77 66 11.

You can download a copy of the Domestic Abuse policy here:

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Domestic Violence Policy. DOWNLOAD

There are also a number of websites and helplines available:

Hertfordshire IDVA Service
01707 638420
Herts Sunflower
Information and advice for people suffering domestic abuse, their family and friends, and professionals.
Hertfordshire Domestic Violence/Abuse Helpline
0808 808 8088 (Monday to Friday 10am - 10pm)
Watford Women's Centre 01923 816229 
Women's Aid 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)  
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141 
Broken Rainbow Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 
0800 999 5428
DeafHope is a specialist Domestic Abuse service for the Deaf
0208 772 3241 or Text/SMS 07970350366
Victim Support
0845 456 5995
Sexual Assault Referral Centre
0808 178 4448
National Centre for Domestic Violence 24hr emergency legal advice
0800 970 2070
Male Advice Line
0808 801 0327