Domestic abuse services
Are you or is someone you know experiencing domestic abuse? If so, you are not on your own.
Violence and abuse in private, or public is unacceptable and can affect anyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, religion, race or disability. Domestic abuse is any threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship, or between family members. It can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse. Domestic abuse is rarely a one-off incident, but a pattern of power and control.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse please ring the domestic abuse helpline on 08000 198668.
Domestic abuse affects men and women and comes in many forms - it can be physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect or financial exploitation.
It can include being forced into marriage. It is often a crime. It can start or get worse at any time and can be triggered by a change of circumstances, including pregnancy, the end of a relationship or alcohol and drug abuse.
If you are experiencing domestic abuse:
you may just want to talk but stay in the relationship
you may want to find out how to protect yourself
you may want the abuser to get help to stop or be stopped legally from hurting you further
you may want to protect your children, or other vulnerable people, and need to know your rights and options
you may be planning to leave and need an escape plan to a safe place for you and others.
Services in Derbyshire are ready to help
We can help you to:
talk to someone who is trained specifically to deal with issues surrounding abuse
get advice on protecting yourself, your unborn child or your children
find legal information and have your rights explained
find out about the help that is available for abusers to help them to stop
get support in your own home, through re-housing or finding urgent temporary refuge (including women's refuges)
get longer term help for you and your family to build a life in safety.
Under the guidelines you can expect that:
we will offer you a safe, private place to talk further
you can choose to see a woman or a man
we will not give information to the alleged abuser or other family and friends without your consent
we will provide you with information on where you can get the specialist help you need, whether or not you choose to stay in an abusive relationship
we will ensure children or vulnerable adults are provided with the protection they need
we will make sure you have a safe means of contacting emergency and other domestic abuse services
we will help you again if you return to an abusive relationship.
Wherever you are - you are not alone. Help is just a phone call away.
Local domestic abuse contacts
- Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline available 24/7 - 08000 198668
- Derbyshire Friend (opens in a new window) (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender support service) - 01332 207704
- Relate (opens in a new window) (counselling services for individuals, couples and families through live chat, web-cam, telephone or face to face) - 01332 349177
- Safe Speak (opens in a new window) (counselling for 9-19 year olds) - 0800 093 5264
- Hadhari Nari (accommodation and support to women fleeing domestic violence, with emphasis on the needs of thos from minority communities) - 01332 270101
Local contacts for those suffering with rape or sexual violence
Derbyshire Rape Crisis
Tel: 01332 372545
PO Box 142, Derby, DE1 1XU
Millfield House (opens in a new window)
Tel: 0845 129 0111 or 01773 573840/1
PO Box 6960, Ripley, DE5 4AF
National domestic abuse contacts
Voice UK (opens in a new window) (support for people with learning disabilities experiencing crime or abuse)
Tel: 01332 295775
A leaflet to help those with a learning disability understand domestic abuse is available in the related documents section below.
Women's Aid (opens in a new window) (line available 24/7)
Tel: 0808 2000 247
The Hideout (opens in a new window) (women's aid young person section)
Rape Crisis (opens in a new window) - services for women and girls, and information for men - line available 12noon to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm
Tel: 0808 802 9999
The Respect Phoneline (service for men)
Tel: 0845 122 8609
Broken Rainbow (opens in a new window) (services for lespian, gay, bisexual or transgender people)
Tel: 0300 999 5428
Action on Elder Abus (opens in a new window)e - line open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday
Tel: 0808 808 8141
Forced Marriage Unit (opens in a new window)
Tel: 0207 008 0151
Samaritans 24/7 (opens in a new window)
Tel: 08547 90 90 90
Victim Support East Midlands (opens in a new window)
Tel: 0300 303 1947
Citizens Advice Bureau (opens in a new window)
Tel: 08444 111 444
SAIL - Sexual Abuse and Incest Line (face to face counselling, information and support to women survivors of childhood sexual abuse and incest in North Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 556114
National contacts for those dealing with rape and sexual violence
Mens Advice Line (for men in straight or gay relationships who are or have experienced violence at home)
0808 8010 327 (this is a freephone)
Childline 24/7 (opens in a new window)
Tel: 0800 1111
Survivors UK Helpline (support for men who have experienced sexual violence)
Tel: 08455 122 1201 - line open 7pm to 10pm on Tuesday and Thursday
Southall Black Sisters (for the needs of black asian and afro-carribbean women)
Tel: 0208 457 9595
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
The following documents are in Word format. You can download software to view Word documents for free from the Word viewer page (opens in a new window) of the Microsoft website.
- Domestic Abuse Referral Guide (13KB)
- Derbyshire MARAC & IDVA Referral Form July 2012 (147KB)
- Derbyshire Risk Assessment CAADA DASH July 2012 (100KB)
- Domestic Homicide Review Guidance (298KB)
- Domestic Homicide Review leaflet Employees and colleagues (109KB)
- Domestic Homicide Review leaflet for families (125KB)