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Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse

We are committed to tackling domestic violence and works with partner agencies to support victims of domestic violence. We are proud to be a part of the Make a Stand Pledge which was created to encourage housing organisations to make a commitment to support people experiencing domestic abuse.

The definition of domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Signs of Domestic Abuse 

There are different kinds of abuse, but it's always about someone having power and control over you.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you might be in an abusive relationship.

Emotional abuse

Does your partner ever:

  • belittle you, or put you down?
  • blame you for the abuse or arguments?
  • deny that abuse is happening, or play it down?
  • isolate you from your family and friends?
  • stop you going to college or work?
  • make unreasonable demands for your attention?
  • accuse you of flirting or having affairs?
  • tell you what to wear, who to see, where to go, and what to think?
  • control your money, or not give you enough to buy food or other essential things?

Threats and intimidation

Does your partner ever:

  • threaten to hurt or kill you?
  • destroy things that belong to you?
  • stand over you, invade your personal space?
  • threaten to kill themselves or the children?
  • read your emails, texts or letters?
  • harass or follow you?

Physical abuse

The person abusing you may hurt you in a number of ways.

Does your partner ever:

  • slap, hit or punch you?
  • push or shove you?
  • bite or kick you?
  • burn you?
  • choke you or hold you down?
  • throw things?

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone, whether they're male or female.

Have you ever felt afraid of your partner?

Have you ever changed your behaviour because you're afraid of what your partner might do?

If you think you may be in an abusive relationship, there are lots of people who can help you.

If you are a tenant with us suffering from domestic violence please call us on 0800 678 1894 and will sign post you to agencies who can help.

In an emergency, always dial 999 - if you are unable to speak always press '55' when prompted to confirm an emergency.

You can also get help from:

If it is not safe to call, please click here for information on accessing support online: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Contact-us

Don’t suffer in silence – help is still available.

Call 101 if the situation is urgent.

Please read our Domestic Abuse Policy for more information.

Support services 

24-hour National Domestic Violence
Freephone Helpline 0808 2000 247

Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service (LDAS)
0151 263 7474

South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service (SLDAS)
0800 083 7114

Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327

RASA Merseyside (Rape and Sexual Assault Advice)
Helpline Support 0151 666 1392

PALADIN  - National Stalking Advocacy Service
020 3866 4107  info@paladinservice.co.uk

LGBT Foundation
Advice Support & Information 0345 3 30 30 30

Galop – LGBT+ Anti Violence charity
0800 999 5428

Victim Care Merseyside

Victim Care Merseyside, is a new care and support service provided by Merseyside Police which puts victims at the centre of the region’s police service and criminal justice system.

The service is designed to give victims the best possible help to cope and recover from the after effects of crime and ensure victims get enhanced support from the first moment they report a crime to Merseyside Police right through to greater emotional support and increased counselling and therapeutic services.

Victim Care Merseyside Support Organisations