What do we mean by Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is controlling or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged over 16. Domestic abuse often occurs between partners / ex-partners, but it also covers abuse between other family members.
The abuse can include, but is not limited to:
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- financial abuse
- emotional abuse / coercive control
- digital / online abuse.
Harassment, stalking, rape, sexual assault, female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and honour-based abuse are also types of domestic violence and abuse.
Anyone can experience domestic abuse – regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality or background.
Bucks Housing’s Policy
We recognise that domestic abuse may be taking place in some of our properties and the impact this may have on our residents’ lives. We are committed to taking action to support those experiencing domestic abuse.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, and wish to speak to someone, please telephone 01494 480340 and ask to speak to your Housing Officer or another member of the Housing Management team.
If you have concerns that another Bucks Housing tenant may be suffering domestic abuse, you can let us know on 01494 480340. If you think something may be happening right now, you should call the police by dialling 999. The police number is 101 for a non-emergency situation.
You can download a copy of our Domestic Abuse Policy here.
Make a Stand campaign
We have pledged our support to the ‘Make a Stand’ campaign, launched by the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2018. Signing the pledge means we have publicly committed to take action to support victims of domestic abuse.
National sources of help and support
National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0800 2000 247.
This is a free, 24 hour telephone Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge. It is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf. All calls are completely confidential. For more information, you can look at their website –nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
Women’s Aid provide a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned others may be. Contact 0808 2000 247 or womensaid.org.uk . The Survivor’s Handbook provides information for women on a wide range of issues, such as housing, money, helping your children and your legal rights.
Other national sources of information and support
Specialist help available for men
Respect provide a helpline for people concerned about their own behaviour – 0808 802 4040. There is also a helpline for male victims of domestic abuse – 0808 801 0327.
Specialist help available for LGBT victims:
Local sources of help
Wycombe Women’s Aid – 01494 461367
Aylesbury Women’s Aid – 01296 436827
The Women’s Aid Domestic Abuse Directory lists other support services in the area.
The Dash Charity supports families experiencing domestic abuse, including in South Bucks and Slough. 01753 549865
For details of other organisations who can help in Slough, contact http://www.slough.gov.uk/crime-prevention-and-emergencies/domestic-abuse.aspx