People are being asked to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
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 the borough’s single point of contact 01384 455411 in an emergency dial 999, if it's too dangerous to speak press '55' when connected and the operator will know you need help.
Children are often the hidden victims of domestic abuse, if you think a child is at risk call 0300 555 0050
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
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
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 abuse, stalking and Violence against women and girls please visit our dedicated help hub pages
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
WEST MIDLANDS DOMESTIC ABUSE CONTACT LEAFLET:
Links and key contact numbers across the 7 local authorities across the west midlands
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.
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.
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/ (Contact 01384 455 411)
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/
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
Women’s aid live chat facility. Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm https://chat.womensaid.org.uk/
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:
or CALL 01823 334244
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:
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/
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
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