What is domestic abuse?
All agencies in Rotherham define Domestic Abuse as: Any incident or pattern of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. It can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse.
What to do if you are experiencing abuse
We believe that everyone has the right to live their life free without being subjected to, or threatened to be subjected to, any form of abuse from a partner or family member. You may feel humiliated, frightened, ashamed or alone - but you are not to blame. Domestic abuse is very common - it can happen to any man or woman regardless of age, class, disability, race, sexuality or lifestyle. Abuse is rarely a one-off event - it tends to get worse over time. You don't have to put with it.
If you are experiencing abuse within your personal relationship or family home, there are agencies in Rotherham that can give you advice and support you and any children that you may have to feel safe.
If it is an emergency then you need to:
- Telephone the Police on 999 OR
- 101 if you need to speak to a Police Officer OR
- Telephone the Domestic Violence Co-ordinator on 01709 334567
Telephone the Safer Rotherham Partnership's Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator for more information on 01709 334567.
If you would like advice, information, somewhere safe to stay, or simply want someone to listen, you can ring one of the services listed below.
If you want to leave home and have time to plan ahead use the following advice:
- Try to save some money for taxi or bus fares
- Keep together the things you might need eg keys, benefit books, medical and national insurance cards, passports, birth and marriage certificates, address book
- Take your children with you, if you can
- Take a few clothes, children's favourite things and any essential medicines
- Try to work out the safest time to leave - if you need any help with safety planning, you could talk to one of the support services listed below
- The safety of you and your children is most important - many women leave with nothing and sort out the details once they are safe
Domestic violence training courses are available for workers from all sectors. Please contact the Safer Rotherham Partnership's Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator for more information on 01709 334567.
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Last modified: 10/12/2013