Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone. It can take place in any intimate or family* relationship irrespective of age, race, sexuality and gender identity, socio-economic background or disability. The person abusing you could be the current or ex-partner of your family members (including children). Domestic violence and abuse is never a one-off event, it is not your fault and it is never ok to abuse someone.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, then call West Yorkshire Police on 999 or for non-emergencies call 101.
For deaf or speech impaired – Text 07786 200 200 or Type Talk 08001 101.
You can also call or email the Police Safeguarding Unit to discuss any concerns or questions you have with one of our specialist staff or call 0113 3859590
If you would like to seek advice or support you can call the Leeds Domestic Violence Service 24 hour Helpline on 0113 2460401 or email the team.
Some useful support can be found below:
For information on support from safeguarding please see poster HERE
There is a Trust policy for managers to help support staff experiencing Domestic Violence / Abuse called “Policy for Managers Following Disclosure of Domestic Violence and Abuse by LTHT Staff.”
New way to report domestic abuse online
West Yorkshire Police have created a simple online form to enable people to report domestic abuse directly to them and as an alternative to speaking on the phone.
The information people provide on the form will be dealt with in the same way as any other report of domestic abuse.
You can find the form here: https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/report-it/report-domestic-abuse
Care First - Employee Assistance Programme
Information to support staff can be found at: Wednesday-COVID-19-Domestic-Abuse-Draft-v3.pdf
Working from Home and Domestic Abuse - Practical Action For Employers and Colleagues
We are in unprecedented times due to the rapid spread of Coronavirus and governments around the world taking action in different ways. In the UK the government has encouraged working from home where possible, social distancing and self-isolation for 14 days if you feel unwell with Coronavirus symptoms. These are uncertain times for us all which can increase stress, anxiety and mood changes. At Restored we are especially aware that home is not safe for everyone. Women living with an abusive partner may be fearful of being further isolated with seemingly no escape. Men who choose to abuse can use coercive and controlling behaviour as tactics to hinder survivors gaining the help and support needed. This can include accessing the health care needed, including emergency care.
Often going to work may be the only means of escape from abuse during the week. With many of us now working from home, this option is removed. It can heighten the feeling (and reality) of isolation at a time when we need friends and colleagues around. It can be a frightening prospect for some.
For further advice on what you can do as an employer and colleague during these times please visit: https://www.restoredrelationships.org/news/2020/03/19/working-home-and-domestic-abuse/
Leeds Domestic Violence
24 Hour Helpline 0113 246 0401 Confidential advice and support for women and men experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Women seeking refuge accommodation should also ring this number.
Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) LDVS is delivered in partnership by the following domestic abuse providers; Leeds Women’s Aid, HALT and Behind Closed Doors. It works with women and men in Leeds giving support, advice and advocacy around a range of issues. LDVS offers Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA), outreach, resettlement and group support.
Leeds Women’s Aid
Offers 24 hour safe emergency accommodation for both women and men fleeing an abusive relationship. In addition to the LDVS contracted delivery, Leeds Women’s Aid provides drop-in support at health settings across the city, additional shared refuge accommodation, the Staying Safe group ‘Healthy Relationships’ programme, and support and accommodation for women who have been trafficked. www.leedswomensaid.co.uk Tel 0113 246 0401
HALT (Help, Advice and the Law Team)
HALT delivers the Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) service as part of LDVS, offering advocacy, advice and support to those at the highest risk of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, stalking, forced marriage and honour based violence. Referrals: 0113 246 0401 Professionals: 0113 244 2578 www.halt.org.uk
Behind Closed Doors
Behind Closed Doors delivers the LDVS Outreach service, offering face-to-face community based support and advocacy to reduce risk, increase safety, access civil legal help and manage practical needs. The Prevention and Recovery Service (PARS) is community based support for lower risk and after abuse recovery.
LDVS Outreach Team referrals 0113 246 0401
Prevention and Recovery Service 0113 222 4562
Professional and general enquiries 0113 2224202
National Domestic Violence
24 hr freephone helpline for women 0808 2000 247 nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
National Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327 Mon to Fri: 9am – 5pm mensadviceline.org.uk
Making life safe, just and fair for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. 020 7704 2040 galop.org.uk