Domestic abuse isn't always obvious. It can happen to anyone and take many forms
WHAT IS DOMECTIC ABUSE? - Visit https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/services/domestic-abuse/ for more information
During this difficult time, safe & sound Dudley’s community safety partnership and Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership are working harder than ever to support victims of domestic abuse
For help and support call Dudley borough’s single point of contact 01384 455411, text or Whatsapp 07384 466181 (9am to 9pm weekdays).
In an emergency dial 999, if it’s too dangerous to speak press ’55’ when connected and the operator will know you need help
You can also use West Midlands Police online LiveChat service. You can chat to a call handler between 8am – midnight 7 days a week.
USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: Call 999 in an emergency. If it's too dangerous to speak press 55 when connected. Read the silent solutions guide. For all other matters please visit WMPolice Online https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/
EMERGENCY SMS SERVICE FOR DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE
In an emergency you can use your phone to contact the emergency services by texting 999.
You MUST register your mobile phone number before using this service. Just send the word ‘Register’ in a text message to the number 999 and follow the simple instructions you receive back.
DUDLEY SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT (SPOC): CALL 01384 455411 - it's a direct line to a range help and support services for domestic violence victims
The SPOC is a single point of contact for Dudley victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, including Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Abuse.
The number gives those who need help a direct line to a range of support services offered by specialist providers including refuge accommodation or additional home security.
The number is also be open to victim's families and professionals and helps people get to the right service as easily as possible as and when support is needed.
The single point of access works in line with Safelives Standards and West Midlands Domestic Violence and Abuse Standards
You can also now Text or WhatsApp on 07384 466 181 – messages checked 9am-9pm Monday-Friday except bank holidays (messages received at other times will be responded to within these hours)
CLARE'S LAW - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCLOSURE SCHEME
The domestic violence disclosure scheme, also known as Clare's Law, gives anyone a right to ask the police to check the offending history of an individual if they believe that they or someone they know is in a relationship with somebody that could be abusive towards them.
For more information please visit: https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/clares-law-domestic-violence-disclosure-scheme
DIRECTORY OF SERVICES RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE
This document provides details of specialist services for domestic abuse and sexual abuse in Dudley borough.
It can be used if you know what type of support you or another individual require, however, we recommend that you
call the SPOC (above) to ensure that you receive the most appropriate specialist service.
RESPECT PHONELINE FOR PERPETRATORS
The Respect Phoneline is a confidential helpline, email and webchat service for perpetrators of domestic violence looking for help to stop. It helps male and female perpetrators, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
Partners or ex-partners of perpetrators, as well as concerned friends and family and Frontline Workers are welcome to get in touch for information, advice and support https://respectphoneline.org.uk/ or CALL Freephone 0808 8024040
Children are often the 'forgotten victims' of domestic abuse. If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult it can be reported via Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership https://safeguarding.dudley.gov.uk
WEST MIDLANDS DOMESTIC ABUSE CONTACT LEAFLET:
Links and key contact numbers across the 7 local authorities across the west midlands
YOUNG PEOPLE IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS - PATHWAY
Research shows that young people in their own abusive relationships often experience a much higher severity of abuse than adult victims. Dudley has identified a specific pathway to ensure young people in abusive relationships can access the support they require.
SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
BLACK COUNTRY WOMENS AID
Offering a range of services in Dudley supporting people who are being abused, have been abused, or have other specific needs: https://blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk/locations/dudley/
Telephone on 0121 553 0090 during office hours Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays);
Telephone any time on our 24-hour helpline: 0121 552 6448;
Text or WhatsApp us on 07384 466 181 – messages checked 9am-9pm Monday-Friday except bank holidays (messages received at other times will be responded to within these hours);
email us on email@example.com (messages responded to 9am-5pm Monday-Friday excluding bank holidays).
CHADD - NEW BEGINNINGS
New Beginnings offer a wide range of support, projects and services to help those who are suffering domestic abuse: https://www.chadd.org.uk/new-beginnings/
Victim Support have also created leaflets for victims and friends of victims to specifically to support safety planning during the coronavirus outbreak
Mankind support men suffering from domestic abuse from their current or former partner (including same-sex partner). Their confidential helpline is available for male victims of domestic violence and abuse a across the UK:
http://www.mankind.org.uk/ or CALL 01823 334244
LGBT IDVA SERVICE - DUDLEY, SANDWELL AND WALSALL
Birmingham LGBT is now offering a Domestic Abuse service for Sandwell, Dudley, and Walsall. The service offers specialised LGBT IDVA support to people aged 16+ who are experiencing abuse from partners, ex-partners and family members. They also support LGBT people who are experiencing or are at risk of honour-based violence and forced marriage.
They can support clients who are high, medium, and low risk and we provide crisis intervention, advocacy, safety planning, emotional and practical support.
Call 0121 643 0821 or visit https://blgbt.org/domestic-violence/
Signhealth provide a specialist domestic abuse service to support Deaf people in finding safety and security.
The service was previously known as DeafHope https://signhealth.org.uk/with-deaf-people/domestic-abuse/domestic-abuse-service/
CHILD TO PARENT ABUSE
CAPA First Response provide a service to families and professionals via an online platform providing individual support, advice, signposting and training to anyone impacted or supporting a family who is struggling with child to parent abuse https://www.capauk.org/
Providing free, fast and effective legal support to survivors of domestic violence and abuse, usually by helping individuals obtain injunctions from their local county court: https://www.ncdv.org.uk/
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people https://kooth.com/
SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT
Information to help young people recognise different forms of abuse, report it and get help
THE WHAT? CENTRE
The What? Centre is a Young Person’s Advice and Counselling Service, on a wide range on issues, that has bases in Stourbridge and Dudley. The organisation also specialises in supporting LGBTQ young people and holds weekly LGBTQ+ groups for 13-18’s and another group for 18-25’s www.thewhatcentre.co.uk
A UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. They combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives: http://www.safelives.org.uk/
GOV.UK: You are not alone. Government COVID-19 domestic abuse campaign: https://gov.uk/domestic-abuse
DOMESTIC ABUSE AND COVID-19
This is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them. On this page Safe Lives will be sharing resources to help support you through this time, and will be adding more as things progress. As always, if you or someone else is in immediate danger please call 999 and ask for the police. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19
ECONOMIC ABUSE AND THE CORONAVIRUS
The situation is changing rapidly in the UK as the government implements measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Recommended measures such as limiting social contact, not going to work and self-isolating at home can have implications if you are experiencing economic abuse. You may be worried about your physical safety and your economic situation.
This resource is designed to support your economic wellbeing and your safety if you are living with someone who abuses you. It also contains information on financial support that is available.
You are not alone, and support is available during these extraordinary times.
INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
DOMESTIC ABUSE: A TOOLKIT FOR EMPLOYERS
Employers have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to provide a safe and effective work environment. Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of this. This toolkit will help your organisation to support your employees and contribute to tackling domestic abuse.
This toolkit was co-produced by Public Health England and Business in the Community and, kindly sponsored by The Insurance Charities in 2018. This updated version , supported by the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse, includes information on the 2021 Domestic Abuse Act, new resources, initiatives and case studies.
Is a cross-partnership programme putting employers at the heart of tackling domestic abuse by providing free, necessary and bespoke tools to recognise the signs and play an active role in prevention
16 DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence. Employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. To access the free toolkit visit https://16daysofaction.co.uk/the-campaign/
2 eLearning courses 'Basic Awareness' and 'Understanding Domestic Abuse' are available through the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership Website. These courses have been designed for anyone who lives or works in the Dudley Borough.
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
RESPECT - RESPONDING TO THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19
Guidance for practitioners working with domestic abuse perpetrators.
SAFE LIVES RISK ASSESSMENTS (DASH RISK CHECKLIST)
The Dash risk checklist can be used for all intimate partner relationships, including LGBT relationships, as well as for ’honour’-based violence and family violence. It is primarily intended for professionals – both specialist domestic violence workers, such as Idvas, and other professionals working for mainstream services. It aims to provide a uniform understanding of risk across professions. http://www.safelives.org.uk/practice-support/resources-identifying-risk-victims-face