Domestic violence is defined as controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour or violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality. It includes psychological, physical, financial, sexual, emotional abuse and stalking. Forced marriage is also domestic abuse. The internet and social media can be used in domestic abuse which can include cyberbullying, posting revenge porn and online stalking.
Most kinds of domestic violence are criminal offences.
Remember that you have options and you are not alone
If your safety is at risk do not hesitate to call 999. If you feel it is a non-emergency you can still log incidents that have happened by calling 101.
New Era provides free and confidential round-the-clock advice and support for anyone in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent affected by domestic abuse – regardless of their age, ethnicity, gender or location. The 24-hour confidential helpline for victims is: 0300 303 3778 and there’s a live chat facility via www.new-era.uk
The confidential helpline for perpetrators is: 01785 601690.
New Era is co-funded by the Staffordshire Commissioner, Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The service – for victims, perpetrators, as well as their families – is delivered by Victim Support and Reducing Reoffending Partnership (RRP) through a team of specialist advisors, focusing on prevention and early intervention.
Arch (North Staffordshire Area)
Offer a variety of support for people who have been victims of abuse
Helpline: 01782 205500 (10:00am – 15:00pm)
01782 222421 (8:30am – 17:30pm)
Look at their Domestic Violence Safety Plan including safety checklist http://www.archnorthstaffs.org.uk/domestic-violence/safety-plan/
Pathways (South Staffordshire Area)
Staffordshire Women’s Aid
Staffordshire Victims Gateway
For advice and support call us on:
Tel: 0330 0881 339
Advice for women. Refuge provides safe, emergency accommodation through a network of refuges throughout the UK.
Helpline: 0808 200 0247 (Available 24 hours)
The Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by fully trained female helpline support workers and volunteers.