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Domestic Abuse


Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of race,
ethnic or religious group, socio-economic status, disability or lifestyle. However, women most commonly experience it and most perpetrators are men.  Other family members other than the partner or husband can also carry out abuse e.g. extended family members such as in laws.
 

Types of Abuse - These include: physical violence, emotional abuse and financial control.

Statistics on Domestic Violence
  • 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime
  • On average a woman will experience 35 incidents of domestic abuse before reporting to the police.
  • The police in the UK receive one call from the public every minute for assistance for domestic violence
  • Domestic violence accounts for about 16% of recorded violent crime

Why Don't Women Seek Help?
Violence against women continues to remain under reported.  Women find it difficult to come forward and report abuse and the reasons can vary such as: as fear of consequences; blaming themselves; not realizing they are victims; not being aware of the help available; being isolated from family and friends and not being able to reach help; worried about finances; and hoping the partner may change. 

Cultural Barriers
Asian / Muslim women face additional cultural barriers that prevent them from seeking help such as fear of dishonoring family, shame, stigma, taboo and being rejected by the community.  Also women in these communities are expected to suffer in silence.  So when they ask for help from family, friends and religious leaders, they are usually advised to be patient and / or pray for their situation to change. They are also usually blamed for any problem within the family including the violence and abuse they are subjected to.  This fear of blame can also prevent women from coming forward and getting the help they need.  Domestic violence is therefore under reported in Asian / Muslim communities.  For some women it is too late to ask for help and are being murdered by their husbands or other family members as seen in a number of cases featured in the media.  There is also anecdotal evidence that some women are being taken abroad to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh on the pretense of a family holiday so they can be murdered there to cover up the crime.

Spouses from Abroad
Spouses from abroad who are in a relationship with a British citizen or a person settled in the UK and that relationship breaks down as a result of domestic violence, the victim may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK and access financial assistance by accessing public funds. To be given permission, victims must prove they are suffering from domestic violence.

Legal Protection - You must always call 999 when in immediate danger

Criminal Law - There is no specific offence of 'domestic violence' under criminal law.  However, many forms of domestic violence are crimes; for example, offences such as assault, false imprisonment, harassment, rape, criminal damage, and attempted murder may be applied.

Civil Law - Victims can get protection from abuse under civil law through a court order (called an injunction or protection order). These orders can help prevent further abuse to the survivor and her children, remove the abuser from the home and keep him away. 

Legal Aid
Victims of domestic violence and are divorcing or separating from an abusive partner can get legal aid to help. This can help with the divorce or things such as child contact or how to share money or property.  To get legal aid victims must be able to give the solicitor some evidence that they have been a victim of domestic violence by their partner or husband. Eligibility to legal aid also depends on the victim's financial circumstances. 
 
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Anah Project
Phone: 0845 960 6011 Accommodation for Asian Women without children who are suffering violence or oppression in Bradford.
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Ashiana Sheffield
Phone:0114 255 5740 (24 hour helpline)  Specialist Support for BME Women (+ trafficking) - outreach and refuge.
Email:info@ashianasheffield.org 
Website:www.ashianasheffield.org 
Address: 
Ashram Housing Association
Phone:0121 764 3817 
Email: rdvp@ashramha.org.uk 
Website: 
Address: 
Aven House Women's Refuge
Phone: 01922 746574 
Email:Angee.jenkins@caldmorehousing.co.uk 
Website:www.caldmoreaccordha.org.uk 
Address: 
Barnsley Domestic Violence Group
Phone:01226 249800  An independent counsellor carries out the home visits. Waiting time for counselling ‐ 2 weeks upwards (depending on the client and counsellors other commitments). This service offers counselling to children/young people 15 years upwards.
Email:admin@barnsleydvg.fshnet.co.uk 
Website:www.barnsleydvg.org.uk 
Address:33 - 35 Peel Parade Barnsley S70 2RN 
Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
Phone:0808 800 0028 (free from landlines and most mobile phones) 
Email: 
Website:www.bswaid.org 
Address: 
Coventry Haven
Phone:02476 444077 Providing safe housing and a number of support services. 
Email:lpost@btconnect.com 
Website:www.coventryhaven.co.uk 
Address:20 Marlborough Road Stoke Coventry CV2 2DX 
Derby Women's Centre
Phone:01332 341633 (10am - 4pm Monday to Friday)  Support group aimed at survivors of domestic abuse and counselling support.
Email:enquiries@derbywomenscentre.co.uk 
Website:www.derby-womenscentre.org.uk 
Address: 
Dudley Women's Refuge CHADD (Churche's Housing Association)
Phone:01384 864334  Provide help with accommodation for women and children in a secure refuge. Help to access the right services e.g. benefits, solicitors, housing advice. Support to attend appointments or case conferences.
Email:outreachPT@chadd.org.uk or outreachTL@chadd.org.uk 
Website:www.chadd.org.uk 
Address: 
Eden Housing Project
Phone:01214484880 

Refuge for Muslim Women

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Elizabeth Attwood House
Phone:01384 864232 or for refuge 01384 864334  Provides accommodation.
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End The Fear
Phone:0161 636 7525  Greater Manchester against Domestic Violence.
Email:helpline@ndependentchoices.org.uk 
Website:www.endthefear.co.uk 
Address: 
Gilgal
Phone:0800 678 3283 Gilgal is a safe house, at a confidential address providing short-term emergency accommodation & support to women and their children, who are escaping domestic violence.
Email:info@gilgalbham.org.uk 
Website:www.gilgalbham.org.uk 
Address:Gilgal Birmingham 8 Maryland Road Edgbaston Birmingham B16 0NG 
Humdard
Phone:0845 607 6474 / 0121 559 8477 
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Kirklees Asian and Black Women's Welfare
Phone:0800 0527222  Specialist services for women and their children from all BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. KABWWA provides a 24 hour confidential service to black and Asian women, with or without children, as well as white women with dual heritage children.KABWWA offers temporary, emergency accommodation (refuge) as well as information and support.
Email: 
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Manchester Womens Aid
Phone:0161 660 7999 

 MWA offer support for men, women and children suffering abuse.

Also offer refuge services.

Email:info@manchesterwomensaid.org.uk 
Website:www.manchesterwomensaid.org 
Address:Pankhurst Centre, 62 Nelson Street, M13 9WP 
Narthex Refuge Resource Centre
Phone:0121 7531959 
Email:enquiries@narthex.org.uk 
Website:www.narthex.org.uk 
Address:Narthex Sparkhill St. Johns Church St. Johns Road Sparkhill Birmingham B11 4RG 
National Centre for Domestic Violence
Phone:0844 8044 999  Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. The service allows anyone to apply for an injunction within 24 hours of first contact (in most circumstances).
Email: 
Website:www.ncdv.org.uk 
Address: 
North Manchester Womens Aid
Phone:0161 953 4075  Manchester Womens Aid Domestic Abuse Service offers information, advice and support about domestic and sexual violence.
Email: 
Website:www.manchesterwomensaid.org 
Address:Unit 23-26 New Mount Street, M4 4DE 
Oasis - Black Womens Support Project
Phone:01274 634850 Emergency housing provided Manningham Housing Association for domestic violence victims. Emergency admissions may be accommodated up until 7pm
Email:Info@oasis-project.co.uk 
Website: 
Address: 
Panahghar
Phone:024 7622 8952 / 08000556519 (24 Helpline) Provides advice, information, advocacy & counselling Also provides supported temporary housing.
Email: 
Website:www.safehouse.org.uk 
Address:P.O. Box 5074 Coventry CV1 9FF 
PAWS for kids (Safe Haven Project)
Phone:01204 394 842  Support for women and children experiencing domestic violence and abuse in the Northwest. They also offer a Young Persons Domestic Violence Service.
Email:Safehaven@pawsforkid.org.uk 
Website:www.pawsforkids.org.uk 
Address:19 Palace Street, Bolton, BL1 2DR 
Roshni
Phone:0870 70 70 098  Providing support for Asian women and children who have suffered from domestic violence and forced marriages. Also provides accommodation in a refuge.
Email: roshni@accom.bham.org.uk 
Website:www.roshnibirmingham.org.uk 
Address:Roshni PO BOX 16775 Birmingham B21 1HS 
Saheli
Phone:0161 945 4187 

 Advice and Support (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Services include access to a refuge, support available for children, support for victims of forced marriage and has the HOSLA Women's Outreach Project.

Email:info@saheli.org.uk 
Website:www.saheli.org.uk 
Address:PO Box 44, SDO, Manchester, M20 4BJ 
Sandwell Women's Aid
Phone:0121 552 6448 (24 hour helpline) 
Email: info@sandwellwomensaid.co.uk 
Website:www.sandwellwomensaid.co.uk 
Address:1st Floor Landchard House Victoria Street West Bromwich B70 8HY 
Sheffield Area Refuge and Support
Phone:0114 242 6887  Provides accommodation including to women with children.
Email:mail@SARAS.org.uk 
Website: 
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Telford Women's Refuge
Phone: 01952 381921 (call may divert and male call centre person may answer) Provide accommodation.
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The Haven
Phone:01902 713001 provides both practical and emotional support services to women and children who are affected by domestic violence and homelessness. Provide accommodation and community based services to women and children.
Email:info@havenrefuge.org.uk 
Website:www.havenrefuge.org.uk 
Address:PO Box 105 Wolverhampton WV1 4LP 
Trafford Domestic Abuse Services
Phone:0161 872 7368 

Break free from domestic violence

Services include Refuge, legal advice, information, advice and support. 

Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Tel 0845 4500 789 for Refuge Services

Email: 
Website:www.tdas.org 
Address:Suite 4c, Trafford Plaza, Seymour Grove, M16, 0LD 
Trident Reach
Phone:0800 111 4223 (Birmingham) 0800 0884 194 (Derbyshire)  Offers both refuge and floating support to both male and female victims of abuse. One of their refuges also caters for Muslim Women.
Email: 
Website:www.reachthecharity.org.uk/services/domestic-abuse-support/ 
Address: 
Trident Reach
Phone:0800 0884 194 (Derbyshire) 0800 111 4223 (Birmingham)  Offer both refuge and floating support to both male and female victims of abuse. One of their refuges also caters for Muslim Women.
Email: 
Website:www.reachthecharity.org.uk/services/domestic-abuse-support/ 
Address: 
Valley House Association
Phone:02476 266 280 
Email:info@valleyhouseassociation.org 
Website:www.valleyhouseassociation.org 
Address:Navigation Centre 55-57 Bell Green Road Coventry CV6 7GQ 
WAITS
Phone:0121 440 1443 
Email:support@waitsaction.org 
Website:www.waitsaction.org 
Address: 
Women's Domestic Abuse Helpline
Phone:0161 636 7525  Operating Times:
Monday - Friday 10am - 4 pm
excluding bank holidays,
we open from 10am to 7pm on a Tuesday
Email: 
Website:wdachoices.org.uk 
Address: 
Women's Housing Action Group
Phone:01706 718 180  Provides support and accommodation to victims of domestic abuse in Rochdale, Bury, Wigan and Cheshire West and Chester.
Email: 
Website:www.whag.info 
Address: 
 
 
 
 
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