• Domestic Violence Support

    There are a number of agencies and organisations who offer domestic violence information, help and advice relating to Relationship Difficulties and it would be very difficult to add them all here, but here are a few that may be able to help you. If you need details of other agencies or organisations, contact me, Tina Royles. Alternatively download our guide on what to do if someone you know is experiencing Domestic Violence.

    Broken Rainbow

    Support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experiencing domestic violence.

    Broken Rainbow LGBT Domestic Violence Service (UK) defines domestic violence and abuse as:

    “Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality.” This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour killings’. An adult is defined as any person aged 18 years or over. Family members are defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, and grandparents, whether directly related, in laws or stepfamily. Broken Rainbow works with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and the community to reduce the prevalence of homophobic, bi-phobic, trans-phobic and same sex domestic violence.

    Telephone: 08452 60 44 60
    Mondays to Fridays 9am−1pm and 2pm−5pm Staffed by LGBT people.

    Elder Abuse

    Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) works to protect, and prevent the abuse of, vulnerable older adults.

    They are first charity to address these problems and are the only charity in the UK and in Ireland working exclusively on the issue today.

    Action on Elder Abuse is a primary service that operates across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and their helpline, is open every weekday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

    Although it cannot provide legal advice, it can provide information on the nature of elder abuse and indicate what action might be taken in response to abuse or to prevent it.

    In the UK the free phone number is 0808 808 8141 while in the Republic of Ireland it is 1800 940 010.

    Telephone (12Hr): 0808 808 8141

    Local Safeguarding Children’s Unit

    The Safeguarding Children Unit is part of Social Services and has four main areas of work; Looked After Children & Child Protection; Children In Need Project and Family Group Meetings.

    The Safeguarding Unit delivers an effective conference and review service for children involved in the child protection system and for children who become looked after by the local authority. It also provides an effective family group meeting service that is responsive to meeting the overall strategic objectives of the organisation. The Unit is also responsible for facilitating the development of a multi-agency framework for responding to children in need.

    The Customer Enquiry & Referral Management Team is the first point of contact for all incoming children and families social care work and will provide a service from Monday to Friday 8am — 6pm.

    The telephone number is 0845 644 4313 This number is for emergencies only

    Men’s Advice Line

    The Men’s Advice line provides a range of services aimed at men experiencing domestic violence from their partner
They do this by:

    • Giving men a chance to talk about their experiences
    • Providing emotional support
    • Providing practical advice
    • Focussing on safety-planning and reducing 
risk
    • Signposting to a range of services, including 
housing and legal options
    • Exploring solutions that are focused on the 
needs of the callers
    • Using a non-judgmental approach
    • Offering a confidential service

    • The Men’s Advice Line also provides a range of services to professionals from both the statutory and voluntary sector.
      Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm

      Call: 0808 801 0327

      Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
      Visit: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

      Paws for Kids

      Paws for Kids is the North West Charity designed to support women, children and their pets escape from a life of violence and abuse to a better and caring future.

      They aim to relieve the pressures on families escaping domestic violence by providing temporary fostering of pets belonging to these families.

      In families where there is domestic violence pets are often threatened, injured or killed by a violent man as a means of keeping power and control over his partner and her children.

      Paws for Kids fostering service offers some peace of mind for women and their children, knowing their pets are safe while they await re-housing from a refuge.

      Paws for Kids

      P.O. Box 329
      
Bolton

      BL6 5FT
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      Fax 01204 698999

      National Centre for Domestic Violence

      We provide free and fast legal advice and assistance in court (usually obtaining injunctions).

      Our free service is available to anybody regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation or financial circumstances.

      We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

      Tel: 08709 220704 Freephone: 08009 207020

      Web: www.ncdv.org.uk
      Email: office@ncdv.org.uk

      National Centre for Domestic Violence Suite 129
456, 458 Strand, London

      Solicitors

      KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS IN SITUATIONS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

      Solicitors can provide Legal Advice in respect of applications to Court as follows:

      Occupation Orders – Removal of perpetrator from home so victim can return.

      Non-Molestation Orders – Preventing the perpetrator from using or threatening violence, harassing and pestering the victim and instructing anyone else to do so.

      Legal Costs – victims may be eligible for public funding and an assessment of the victim’s financial position would be carried out.