DOMESTIC ABUSE

If domestic abuse means home isn't your safe place we can help.

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

REPORTING

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: Call 999 in an emergency. If it's too dangerous to speak press 55 when connected. Read the silent solutions guideFor all other matters please visit WMPolice Online https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/

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)

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.

For additional information and contacts in relation to forced marriage, honour based abusestalking and violence against women and girls please visit our dedicated help hub pages

KOOTH

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people https://kooth.com/

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  

SIGNHEALTH

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/

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

WEST MIDLANDS DOMESTIC ABUSE CONTACT LEAFLET:

Links and key contact numbers across the 7 local authorities across the west midlands

GOV.UK: You are not alone. Government COVID-19 domestic abuse campaign: https://gov.uk/domestic-abuse

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.

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 idva@blackcountrywomensaid.co.uk (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/

SAFEGUARDING 

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 

or call: For children: 0300 555 0050 / out of hours 0300 555 8574, For Adults: 0300 555 0055 or visit the safeguarding page on the help hub for more information.

VICTIM SUPPORT: 01384 241511 or www.victimsupport.org.uk/live-chat  or  visit www.victimsupport.org.uk 

Victim Support My Support Space is an online resource designed to help you manage the impact that crime has had on you www.mysupportspace.org.uk/MOJ

Victim Support have also created leaflets for victims and friends of victims to specifically to support safety planning during the coronavirus outbreak

WOMEN'S AID

Women’s aid live chat facility. Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/

MANKIND INITIATIVE

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

www.thehideout.org.uk

www.disrespectnobody.co.uk

http://www.deardudley.co.uk/relationships/

SIGNHEALTH

Signhealth have a wealth of information produced in BSL (with subtitles) explaining domestic abuse issues such as Migrant and Refugee Survivors, Finances, Wellbeing and Self-Care and many more https://signhealth.org.uk/video-category/domestic-abuse/

NCDV

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/

SAFE LIVES

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/

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

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.

Click here for more information on economic abuse and the coronavirus.

DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES

FREE E'learning

This course gives a basic awareness of domestic abuse and has been designed for anyone who lives or works in the Dudley Borough.

https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/elearning-detail/%3D%3DwMzgDO/Introduction-to-Domestic-Abuse---Level-1

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

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MARAC GUIDANCE DOCUMENT 2019

This guidance document is relevant to staff and colleagues of all levels, Police and Non-Police, and anyone who is involved with, or may become involved with the MARAC process.

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL MARAC REFERRAL FORM 2019

This referral form is relevant to staff and colleagues of all levels, Police and Non-Police, and anyone who is involved with, or may become involved with the MARAC process.

DUDLEY'S DOMESTIC ABUSE STRATEGY 

INDEPENDENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVISOR (IDVA'S)

IDVAs specialise in supporting those who are at high risk from domestic abuse. The aim is to provide intensive support to increase safety and advise on the options available. IDVAs work with individuals to empower them and also work on the survivors behalf as advocates with organisations such as the police, CPS, the courts, probation and other agencies..

WEST MIDLANDS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE STANDARDS

Groups from across the public and voluntary sector in the West Midlands have come together to launch the country’s first set of standards for domestic violence and abuse services. The standards set out for the first time levels of service and support that victims from across the West Midlands should receive and can expect.

BLACK COUNTRY SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE

This information sheet provides you with key information for the Black Country Sexual Violence Service. 

WEST MIDLANDS RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE STANDARDS

Groups from across the public and voluntary sector in the West Midlands have come together to launch this set of standards for rape and sexual violence services. The standards set out levels of service and support that victims from across the West Midlands should receive and can expect.

DOMESTIC ABUSE - NO EXCUSE LEAFLET

DOMESTIC ABUSE - EASY READ

COMMUNITY CHAMPION VOLUNTEERING PROJECT

The Dudley Community Champion Project was established in March 2015. The project aimed to raise awareness in the community about domestic violence and abuse, engage with the community about their experiences and involve them in service delivery and development.

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