Everyone should be able to live without fear of violence and abuse. However, often people are living in fear in their own lives feeling powerless to stop a cycle of physical and emotional pain and abuse.
One in four women will be affected by domestic violence during their lifetime.
There are different types of abuse:
In an emergency always dial 999.
Stafford Borough does not tolerate domestic violence.
At a national level the Government recently launched the Violence against Women and Girls Action Plan, which requires all local authorities to engage with the plan in order for it to be achieved.
Alongside the national Action Plan, there is a need for local authorities to meet the Gender Equality Public Duty recently set out by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which means ensuring that appropriate care and support services are developed at a local level. In addition, local authorities now need to be part of the implementation of the new requirement by the Home Office to carry out domestic homicide reviews at a local level.
The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub provides a central referral process dealing with Child protection, Vulnerable Adults and within this incorporates missing persons, domestic and sexual abuse.
If you think you are experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual abuse, free confidential support and advice is available from a number of different agencies.