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Abuse and violence

Information if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse or violence

Domestic abuse: Who else can help me?

These organisations can support you and help you to find safety from your abuser.

Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic abuse.

The project challenges domestic violence and abuse by increasing society's awareness of violent and abusive behaviour and offers support to all women experiencing domestic violence in the Broxtowe borough. 

Tel: 01773 719111

Equation (formerly known as the Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum) works across Nottinghamshire to reduce and prevent domestic violence.

24-hour helpline: 0808 800 0340

Equation also runs the Respect not fear website for younger people which offers help, advice and links to support.

Government information on domestic abuse, where to get help and your rights.

Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic violence and abuse. 

It offers emotional support, practical advice and information on a wide range of services for further help and support.

A registered charity, based in Nottinghamshire, that has given refuge, advice and support to thousands of women and children since 1976. 

Its refuge can offer accommodation for up to seven women, with or without children. Tel: 01159 257647

Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Tel: 01636 679687

A unique partnership made up of Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police functions, drawing on civil tools and powers and a support network of specialists, all working towards a safer and cleaner city. Tel: 0115 915 2020

NIDAS is a registered charity, formerly known as Mansfield and Ashfield Women's Aid. 

Its aim is to help people experiencing domestic abuse. 

They work hard with other agencies to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help prevent people from becoming victims of crime.

Nottinghamshire Women's Aid provides an extensive range of services for women, young people and children.

This charity can find a temporary home for your pets while you are living in temporary accommodation.

Tel: 0115 934 8487 or 07971 337 264

Rushcliffe Borough Council has a dedicated domestic violence support worker for residents of Rushcliffe who is there to listen, and is able to speak with you, in person or by phone. Tel: 07771 690411

Shine aims to reduce the risks of domestic abuse and homelessness by supporting women to live independently and safely.

A national charity that gives free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected. 

It also speaks out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaigns for change.

Tel: 0845 3030 900

Women's Aid is a national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. 

It works to end violence and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

 WAIS is a free, confidential and independent organisation run by women for women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse.

With over 30 years’ experience, they are passionate about helping women to stay safe, change their lives and strengthen their families.

 

 

If I report to you that I am a victim of honour based violence, what will the police do?

We have a dedicated team of experienced investigators for honour based violence cases. They will explain the investigation process to you and support you throughout it. They can also refer you to other support agencies.

These officers devote their time to helping vulnerable victims and tackling crimes committed in the name of honour. Your safety is paramount and they will ensure safety plans are put in place for you and any other family members who are at risk of violence.

Who can request information under the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme?

Victims

Anyone who is concerned they could be in a relationship with a person who has been violent in the past can make an application. 

Third parties

Anyone who has contact with a potential victim - such as a parent, neighbour or friend - can also make an application under the scheme. However, they will not necessarily be the one to receive any information released. 

Agencies

Agencies that come into contact with potential victims can also make an application. Again, any information released will only be given to the person who is best placed to protect the potential victim.

I have been raped or sexually assaulted. How can I report this?

Reporting a rape or sexual assault to us is the first step in addressing what happened and bringing the offender to justice. 

You can make a report by

  • Calling 999 if you're in immediate danger or the offence has just happened
  •  Calling 101
  • Visiting your nearest police station

What will happen if I report to you that I have been raped or sexually assaulted?

We have specialist rape investigation teams, made up of experienced detectives who are specially trained to support you throughout the investigation. 

Our expert investigators will explain the investigation process to you and offer continued support, as well as put you in touch with other support agencies. 

Victims of serious sexual assaults have lifetime anonymity in the public arena. 

Therefore you will not be named or photographed in any media coverage of a subsequent court case unless you choose to be.

I am experiencing domestic abuse. What should I do?

If you find yourself in an emergency situation, for example, if you're being subjected to physical violence, always call 999

At all other times call us on 101.

If you live in Nottinghamshire, you can call 0808 800 0340 - a 24-hour freephone helpline to talk to someone about your experiences, or to get help to leave. You can also textphone 0808 800 0341 between 9am and 5pm. 

If you're injured, it’s important to seek medical attention and tell your doctor how you got the injuries. 

This evidence can be used to support a criminal prosecution or a civil court action against the person who caused them.

What is honour-based violence?

Honour-based violence refers to crimes or incidents committed to protect or defend the honour of a family and/or community. 

It can take many different forms including harassment, criminal damage, arson, sexual assault, forced marriage, kidnap and even murder.

How will the police help me if I report domestic abuse?

The decision to contact us can be a difficult one. Once you've made this decision and contacted us, we'll do everything we can to provide you with a network of support to help you and your family.

We have teams of specialist officers and staff working in Domestic Abuse Support Units who will give you help and guidance.

Our Domestic Abuse Support Units also include healthcare workers, children and family services professionals and criminal justice staff. They are joined by Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs), who are employed by Women’s Aid to work with people at high risk of harm from partners, ex-partners or family members to secure their safety and the safety of their children.

Once you have spoken to us, we will need to carry out a risk assessment with you to agree what level of support you need and what action we need to take. We will act immediately if at any point we think you are at risk and in need of protection from harm.

I am a victim of honour-based violence. How can I report this to you?

If you, or someone you know is experiencing honour-based violence you can report it to us by calling 999 where life is at risk and you believe someone is in immediate danger, by calling our non-emergency number 101 or by visiting your nearest police station.

If I tell you I'm experiencing domestic abuse, do you share my details with anyone else?

With your consent, we will pass your details to other agencies who will offer you advice and support. 

Every fortnight, we meet with other agencies at Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs), which are held across Nottinghamshire. 

Here, cases where people are identified to be at a high risk are discussed and information is shared among the agencies, with the individual’s consent. 

Sharing information in this way ensures every organisation that is already working with the individual or family is aware of all the issues they are facing and an agreement can be reached on how best to support them.

If I tell you I'm experiencing domestic abuse, can you arrange for me and my family to stay somewhere safe?

Yes, we work with Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVAs), who are employed by Women’s Aid to work with you if you are at high risk of harm from a partner, ex-partner or family member to secure your safety and the safety of your children. 

The advocate will discuss suitable options with you and make safety plans to make sure you are safe and away from potential harm. 

To do this effectively, we need your co-operation.

What should I do if I suspect someone I know is experiencing domestic abuse?

You should report it to us on 101

Some people suffer months of domestic abuse before telling us. 

If you suspect someone is being abused you should tell. Your call could save a life.

Can I find out if my partner has ever been convicted of violent offences?

Yes, if you live in Nottinghamshire you can find out if your partner has a violent past through the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – or ‘Clare’s Law’ as it’s more commonly known. 

It allows us to disclose information to you about any previous violent offending of a partner where it could help protect you from harm.

Can I find out if my relative or friend's partner has ever been convicted of violent offences?

Yes, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme allows anyone who has contact with a potential victim of domestic abuse to ask us for this information. 

However, you may not be the one to receive any information released. It will only be given to those who are best placed to safeguard the person at risk.

How does the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme work?

The scheme works in two ways

A right to ask

This is where information is disclosed following a request from a member of the public. 

A right to know 

This is where we make a decision to disclose details when we receive information to suggest a person could be at risk. 

A disclosure will only be made when a request meets a strict set of criteria. The scheme cannot be used as a dating agency by people considering a new relationship and the person ‘at risk’ has to have been in an intimate relationship with their partner for a period of time. 

Information we release includes previous criminal convictions but may also include any relevant intelligence held about that person. 

A disclosure will only be made to the person or people who are best placed to safeguard the person at risk.

Supporting survivors of domestic abuse

Every day, people suffering domestic abuse find the strength and courage to leave their abusive relationship.

If you're suffering any kind of domestic abuse, whether it's physical, emotional, financial, sexual or psychological, there are many organisations working together in Nottinghamshire who can help. 

Domestic abuse is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. It also includes financial abuse, social isolation and issues of concern to black and minority ethnic and refugee communities, including ‘honour based violence’, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. 

Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions on domestic abuse, the services and support we can offer to you and how others have survived and moved on from abusive relationships.

 

 

Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - your right to ask

If you live in Nottinghamshire, you can find out if your partner has a violent past thanks to the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme.

The scheme – also referred to as ‘Clare’s Law’ – aims to prevent men and women from becoming victims of domestic abuse.

People worried that their partner may be harbouring a violent past are being urged to use a successful scheme.

A 12-month pilot of Clare’s Law – the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – concluded in September 2013 and Nottinghamshire Police will continue to run the scheme after it was introduced in September 2012.

Tackling domestic violence is one of Nottinghamshire Police’s top priorities and the force was one of four that delivered the pilot.

Anyone who has contact with a potential victim of domestic abuse can request information from us however, they may not be the one to receive any information released.

It will only be given to those who are best placed to safeguard the person at risk.

Campaigners lobbied the government to implement the scheme following the murder of 36-year-old Salford mum Clare Wood by her estranged partner in 2009.

She suffered months of sexual abuse and death threats before being strangled by George Appleton, who had a history of violence against women.

Please watch the video below produced by Gwent Police about the scheme. 

To make a request for information under the Disclosure Scheme, contact us on 101.

You can also visit your local police station or speak to a police officer. 

Alternatively, you can click on one of the links below to download an information leaflet.

 

Supporting victims of rape and sexual assault

Why me? Why have I been raped?

Rape can happen to anyone.

Some victims mistakenly think they are to blame, or fear they won't be taken seriously by police or that their integrity will be questioned. 

Others remain silent out of fear of repercussions from their attacker.

We take all reports of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously and you will be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect.

We know it will be difficult for you to call us, but you should do so in the knowledge that we can offer you professional support.

Watch this video "Look what you did" below. Based on real experiences, it is a short film highlighting the work of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in helping three victims of rape and sexual assault.

The film follows the journey the victims took and the difficulties they faced following the assault.

Produced by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary, the film encourages victims to contact their local Sexual Assault Referral centre which has helped many people to rebuild their life and confidence.

A Nottinghamshire-based charity which offers help to men and women who suffered sexual abuse as a child. 

Tel: 01636 610 314 or 07852 354 804

Email: enquiries@isas-notts.org.uk

Nottingham Rape Crisis offers counselling to female survivors of rape and sexual abuse. 

Tel: 0115 9410 440

An independent service offered to victims of rape and other serious sexual offences. 

Victims will be provided with advice on the options that are available to them and receive healthcare support in terms of sexual health screening and access to a counseling service. 

Tel: 0845 600 1588 

Email: support@topazcentre.org.uk

Offers emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Open 24 hours a day. 

Tel: 08457 90 90 90

A national charity that gives free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected. 

It also speaks out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaigns for change.

Tel: 0845 3030 900

 WAIS is a free, confidential and independent organisation run by women for women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse.

With over 30 years’ experience, they are passionate about helping women to stay safe, change their lives and strengthen their families.

 

Honour-based violence - how we can help you

Honour-based violence refers to crimes or incidents committed to protect or defend the honour of a family and/or community.

It can take many different forms including harassment, criminal damage, arson, sexual assault, forced marriage, kidnap and even murder.

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female Genital Mutilation involves the partial or total removal of female external genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal and very dangerous.

How do I report honour-based violence to the police?

If you, or someone you know is suffering honour based violence you can report it to us by

  • calling 999 where life is at risk and you believe someone is in immediate danger
  • calling our non-emergency number on 101
  • visiting your nearest police station

What will the police do?

We have a dedicated team of experienced investigators for honour based violence cases. They will explain the investigation process to you and support you throughout it.

They can also refer you to other support agencies. These officers devote their time to helping vulnerable victims and tackling crimes committed in the name of honour.

Your safety is paramount and they will ensure safety plans are put in place for you and any other family members who are at risk of violence.

The project challenges domestic violence and abuse by increasing society's awareness of violent and abusive behaviour and offers support to all women experiencing domestic violence in the Broxtowe borough. 

Tel: 01773 719111

Karma Nirvana is a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

A registered charity, based in Nottinghamshire, that has given refuge, advice and support to thousands of women and children since 1976. 

Its refuge can offer accommodation for up to seven women, with or without children. Tel: 01159 257647

Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Tel: 01636 679687

This charity can find a temporary home for your pets while you are living in temporary accommodation.

Tel: 0115 934 8487 or 07971 337 264

Rushcliffe Borough Council has a dedicated domestic violence support worker for residents of Rushcliffe who is there to listen, and is able to speak with you, in person or by phone. Tel: 07771 690411

Shine aims to reduce the risks of domestic abuse and homelessness by supporting women to live independently and safely.

 

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