What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse affects women at all levels of society. The NHS says it is abuse if your partner or another family member:
- threatens you
- shoves or pushes you
- makes you fear for your safety
- puts you down or tries to undermine your self-esteem
- controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family
- is jealous and possessive, suspecting your friendships and conversations
- frightens you.
How can I report domestic abuse?
If you are suffering from domestic abuse, or if you are concerned that a neighbour might be, please call us and ask to speak to your Housing Officer.
Remember: if you are in immediate danger, or are concerned that someone else is, please call the police straight away on 999.
What can Women's Pioneer do to help?
We will offer sensitive, non-judgmental and confidential guidance on personal safety, legal advice, your rehousing options, and liaison with specialist agencies and the police.
If you are more comfortable discussing any issues with a female member of staff, we will arrange this for you.
Where can you go for advice and support?
A great deal of advice, information and support can be found at the National Domestic Violence helpline. Find out more at www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk or 0808 2000 247 (no-one can you see that you have called this number from checking your mobile phone or a landline).
Women’s Pioneer Housing are currently working with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA), who provide accreditation to housing providers who demonstrate best practice when dealing with domestic abuse – we are hoping to achieve that accreditation over the next few months.