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Our approach to domestic abuse

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Domestic abuse causes both serious harm and constitutes a considerable proportion of overall crime. It costs society an estimated £15.7 billion a year.

77 women were killed by their partners or ex-partners in 2012/13.

In the UK, one in four young people aged 10 to 24 reported that they experienced domestic violence and abuse during their childhood.

Forces told us that crime relating to domestic abuse constitutes some 8 percent of all recorded crime in their area, and one third of their recorded assaults with injury. On average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds.

People may experience domestic abuse regardless of their gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class, age or disability. Domestic abuse may also occur in a range of different relationships including heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender, as well as within families.

While both men and women can be victims of domestic abuse, women are much more likely to be victims than men.

The cross government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:

any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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.

The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

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

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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.

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.

Our 24 hour domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline offers support to women, teenage girls and children who have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse. Available 365 days a year, the Helpline can give support, help and information over the phone. WAIS also have a range of services to provide further one to one and group support. 

Our Helpline is staffed by fully trained female support workers and volunteers and all calls are confidential and free to call from the UK. Translation facilities are available for callers whose first language is not English and we have a service for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Helpline is also here for family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

Tel: 0808 800 0340

Email: enquiries@wais.or.uk