Support and advice
The government defines domestic violence as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality".
Often the first step to breaking the cycle of abuse is to seek help. If you are seeking support and advice for yourself, a family member or a friend, visit . You can also call the domestic abuse helpline on 0800 731 0055 for confidential advice and support. If someone is in immediate danger dial 999.
The Community Safety Partnership funds a small repairs scheme run by MEARS, which aims to improve home security for vulnerable residents who have been or are likely to be victims of burglary and domestic abuse.
Domestic Homicide Reviews
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) are commissioned by the Community Safety Partnership [link to Community Safety Partnership page] in response to a death involving domestic violence or abuse. They are subject to the guidance issued by the Home Office under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence Crime & Victims Act 2004.
The purpose of a DHR is for professionals and agencies involved, such as the police, councils and social services to understand the circumstances that led to the death of a family member. Reviews then aim to identify how to improve multiple agencies responses to victims of domestic violence and prevent these tragedies in the future.
Last reviewed: 21 - 02 - 2020