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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is not just physical violence. Domestic abuse comes in many different forms including:

  • Threats
  • Harassment
  • Financial control
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

Anyone can experience domestic abuse and it can happen in all kinds of relationships regardless of age, race, religion, gender, sexuality, disability or lifestyle. It is rarely a one off event and often becomes worse and more frequent over time. This chain of events needs to be broken and there are a range of organisations there to help.

     

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What to do if you are a victim of domestic abuse or suspect that it is happening to another person

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, or if you know or suspect that another tenant is, please Contact us right away.

How we can help

Homes in Sedgemoor will:

  • Respect the wishes of the victim.
  • Provide people who are suffering from domestic abuse, with support, and handle all sensitive issues with respect, kindness and privacy.
  • Treat all repairs arising as a result of domestic violence as an emergency and provide additional security measures that are reasonable and practical.
  • Support and protect victims, their families and any witnesses.
  • Ensure that incidents of domestic abuse that are reported to Homes in Sedgemoor are recorded and monitored accurately, and kept private at all times.

Homes in Sedgemoor can:

  • Work with other agencies to tackle domestic abuse if the victim would like us to.
  • Make sure that those who commit acts of domestic abuse are aware of their actions and the affect that it has on others.
  • Take legal action to evict any tenant who commits violence or threatens violence to another member of their household, as this means that they are in breach of their Tenancy Agreement.
  • Work with victims and witnesses to report incidents of domestic abuse.
  • Work with other agencies to provide protection for victims and families affected by domestic abuse.
  • Help victims to take appropriate legal action against those who commit domestic violence.

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helplines

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Network for Surviving Stalking

This charity is dedicated to supporting victims of stalking and harassment, and providing information about what is often a misunderstood subject. If you are a victim of stalking and harassment or know of someone who is, you can contact the free helpline on 0300 636 0300 or email advice@stalkinghelpline.org.

Agencies that can help

Victim Support This link opens in a new browser window

0845 30 30 900

National charity for victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. Provide confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected.

Women's Aid This link opens in a new browser window

0808 2000 247

Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity that helps up to 250,000 women and children every year. 

Somerset Change

0800 69 49 999

Somerset Change is a county wide service run by Action for Advocacy that offers support for male and female victims of domestic abuse.

Somerset Survivors This link opens in a new browser window

0800 694 9999

Somerset Survivors provides information, help and support for anyone affected by domestic abuse in Somerset.

    Refuge This link opens in a new browser window

0808 2000 247

Support for victims of domestic violence with a network of safe houses that provide emergency accommodation for women and children when they are most in need.

Broken Rainbow This link opens in a new browser window

08452 60 44 60

Broken Rainbow is a national charity that supports lesbian, gay and transgender people who are experiencing domestic violence.

Mankind This link opens in a new browser window

01823 334244

The ManKind Initiative is a national charity that provides help and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.

Samaritans This link opens in a new browser window

08457 90 90 90

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.



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