Domestic abuse

Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse?

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It is threatening behaviour, violence or abuse which takes place between adults who are family members or partners (including ex-partners). Domestic abuse can be one of the following, if you or someone you know is experiencing any of these types of abuse you need to get help:

Physical abuse: Pushing, hitting, punching, kicking, choking and using weapons.

Sexual abuse: Forcing or pressuring someone to have sex (rape), unwanted sexual activity, touching, groping someone or making them watch pornography.

Financial abuse: Taking money, controlling finances, not letting someone work.

Emotional/psychological abuse: Making someone feel bad or scared, stalking, blackmailing, constantly checking up on someone, playing mind games.

What should you do?

You should always remember that what is happening to you isn't your fault. Help is always available and you and your children will be supported. Lancashire Victim Services is supported by Lancashire Police and Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner – here you will be able to access local help from services that are available 24/7.

If you feel you need time to think about your situation

Keeping you and your children safe is the most important thing. If you are still living with the abuser think about the following:

  • Tell someone you can trust.
  • Get help and advice if you can from organisations who can offer support.
  • Use a code word with children, family, neighbours or friends to alert them to call the police if you need help.
  • Safely make notes of abusive incidents, including times, dates, names, what was said and details of injuries. These notes can be very important when you need to access legal and welfare rights.
  • Report any injuries to your GP so there is a record of the abuse.
  • If you plan to leave
  • Pack a bag with essentials, including important documents, telephone numbers, cash cards and any medication you need.
  • If you have children, talk to them about your plans if you can and think it is safe. Explain what is happening and take them with you.
  • Take identification that might help others to protect you or confirm your identity - for example, a passport, national insurance number etc.
  • See a solicitor. They can help you with court orders to prevent your partner assaulting you, and make you aware of your legal rights.

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Lancashire Victim Service

Domestic Abuse Services

If you have been a victim of crime, whether recently or in the past, we are here to help. We provide emotional support, information and practical help, regardless of whether you have reported the crime to the police.

Tel: 0300 323 0085

8.00am - 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday*
*The service will operate on one day a week until 9.00pm. At all other times calls will be diverted to the Supportline where callers can speak to a Support Worker about their enquiry.

Email: info@lancashirevictimservices.org

Web: www.lancashirevictimservices.org

Secure Email: vcu.lancashire@victimsupport.cjsm.net

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Nest

Supporting Young Victims

The recently established service for young victims, NEST Lancashire, will continue to provide help and support as part of the new service arrangements. NEST will also become responsible for delivering support to children and young people who have either been victims of, or witnessed domestic abuse. Working within Lancashire Victim Services will ensure that wrap around support is available for other family members in domestic abuse situations.

Tel: 0300 111 0323

8.00am - 8.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday*
*The service will operate on one day a week until 9.00pm. At all other times calls will be diverted to the Supportline where callers can speak to a Support Worker about their enquiry.

Email: info@nestlancashire.org

Web: www.nestlancashire.org

Text: NEST and your number to 60777

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Local Community Safety Partnerships

For more information on the local initiatives in your area, please visit your local Community Safety Partnership by clicking on the links below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Pan Lancashire Domestic Abuse Strategy - February 2017

Key Contact

Lancashire Constabulary

Visit the Lancashire Constabulary website.

Lancashire Victim Services - Domestic Abuse Services

Lancashire Victim Service
Lancashire Victim Services - Domestic Abuse Services

If you have been a victim or have witnessed a crime, even if you have not reported it, we are here to help.

Tel: 0300 323 0085

Email: info@lancashirevictimservices.org

Website: www.lancashirevictimservices.org

Secure Email: vcu.lancashire@victimsupport.cjsm.net

Nest Lancashire - Services for Children and Young People

Nest

Supporting Young Victims

Helping you if you've been a victim or witness of crime.

Tel: 0300 111 0323

Email: info@nestlancashire.org

Web: www.nestlancashire.org

Text: NEST and your number to 60777

Women's aid

Women's Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated. Click here to find out more.

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If you are in need of support, search the free and confidential Counselling Directory to be connected with a professional domestic abuse counsellor in your area. Click here to find out more. 

Mens advice line

The Men's Advice Line is a confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This includes all men - in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.  Click here to find out more. 

Broken rainbow

Broken Rainbow is charity dedicated to providing advice, support and referral services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.  Click here to find out more. 

Hideout

The Hideout is a website for children and young people produced by Women's Aid. Click here to find out more.