We are a registered charity supporting men and women living with or who have been affected by Domestic Abuse in the Breckland Area.
Living with, or having left an abusive relationship has a huge impact on any individual.
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
If you are in an abusive relationship currently or have been the most important point to remember is that it's not your fault.
It is important that you do all you can to stay safe by:
- Keep a diary, noting down times, dates and details of incidents including anyone who may have witnessed the abuse. Please make sure to keep the diary safe where it cannot be found. If you have any abusive letters, text messages or any other form of contact via FB etc take a screen shot
- If possible tell a friend and/or family members what is happening, this can be a difficult thing to do but it is important that someone is aware of your current situation
- If you have any injuries take pictures of them and make sure each incident is recorded in your notes
- Report each incident to the police (including criminal damage as well as violence) and speak to the trained domestic violence police officer if possible. Either phone to make an appointment or attend the station in person. Take someone with you, a friend or relative. It is essential to make a note of the Crime Reference Number.
- Take advice regarding injunctions from a solicitor specialising in domestic abuse. Daisy Programme can offer free legal advice from a solicitor
- Think about telling your employer. They may, or may not have noticed, it is not something to be ashamed of despite what you may think currently
- Seek help from a local council housing officer if appropriate to your situation
If your situation should escalate you may have to leave at a moments notice, ensure that you have keys with you or have a spare set with a family member or friend who is aware of your situation.
Keep your mobile phone with you at all times and ensure it is always charged.
Keep important documents, birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, driving licence, insurance documents etc. in a safe place, with friends or family where possible.
Please remember if you are in immediate danger call 999
Registered Charity: 1166033