Report Domestic Abuse
In this section:
- What is Domestic Abuse
- Support within Three Rivers
- Police disclosure scheme – Clare’s Law
- Additional support
- Posters and Leaflets
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic Abuse is defined as 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 definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called 'honour-based violence’, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. It is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Domestic Abuse can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
- coercive control
- stalking and harassment
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.
A coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or another abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim.
Research shows 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.
Support in Three Rivers
Three Rivers District Council has a Domestic Abuse Caseworker (DAC) who works with standard to medium victims of domestic abuse. This service provides free support without judgement and can help people explore their options and take actions at a pace that is right for them. Residents of Three Rivers can self-refer into this service.
You can self-refer to a DAC online at Domestic Abuse or contact them on 01923 727141.
Three Rivers also has an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) who supports high-risk victims of Domestic Abuse living within the Three Rivers District. The IDVA works with clients who are referred from other services or self-referred to support them with personal 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-judgmental.
You can self-refer to an IDVA by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The main office can be contacted on 0300 790 6772 or the IDVA directly on 01923 727231. If they are not available please contact the central office listed above.
You may also find some useful information and contact numbers listed below.
Clare's Law- The domestic Abuse Disclosure Scheme
If you have concerns that your partner or someone else may have an abusive history, Clare's Law is a scheme that will allow you to make enquiries through the police. This will enable you to make an informed decision about whether to continue the relationship or advise others to. This will provide signposting to further help and support.
Who can ask for a disclosure?
- If you have a concern that your partner may harm you
- If you are a third party who are concerned about someone who may be at risk of domestic abuse
Information will only be given to someone who is in a position to use the information to protect others from the abuse.
How to make an application:
- Visit a police station
- Phone 101 (non-emergency police)
- Speak to a member of police on the street
If you believe there is an immediate risk to someone or yourself, or in an emergency call 999.
For more information or to make an application please visit: https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/Advice/Domestic-abuse/Clares-Law
Other sources of support
If you have been the victim of abuse call 999 in an emergency. If it is not an emergency you can call the police on 101.
The police have a specialist Domestic Abuse, Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (DAISU) who provide support for victims of domestic abuse.
Alternative support organisations
There are also a number of websites and helplines. A poster listing alternative support can be seen below.
- Hertfordshire Domestic Violence/Abuse Helpline 0808 808 8088 (Monday to Friday 9am - 9pm & Saturday – Sunday 9am – 4pm)
- Watford Women's Centre 01923 816229
- Women's Aid 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
- Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141
- Daughters of Eve support those with concerns or questions about Female Genital Mutilation. You can text on: 07983 030488
- Beacon 03000 115 555 Support and services for victims of crime
- DeafHope 0208 772 3241 A specialist Domestic Abuse service for the Deaf. Text/SMS 07970350366
- Karma Nirvana 0800 5999 247 for support on Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage
- Victim Support 08 08 16 89 111
- Sexual Assault Referral Centre 01442 270679 (for support if you have been raped or sexually assaulted)
- National Centre for Domestic Violence 0800 970 2070 24hr emergency legal advice.
- Male Advice Line 0808 801 0327
- Galop - 0800 999 5428 The National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline
- National Stalking Helpline 0808 802 0300 Freephone helpline (9.30am – 4 pm weekdays, except Wednesdays 1 pm – 4pm)
- Safer Places (docx): Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC) 03301 025811 (24hrs) or firstname.lastname@example.org
See our video about consent:
Pioneering work on tech abuse featured on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme: bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0003g91/victoria-derbyshire-20032019
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.
Please contact the Community Safety Team for hard copies
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