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Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can come in many forms. It is rarely a one off incident and it is not only about being physically or sexually abused. You may be subject to more subtle attacks, such as constant breaking of trust, isolation, psychological games and harassment. Emotional abuse is just as serious and damaging; many survivors will carry the emotional scars long after any physical injuries have healed.

Being assaulted or being forced or threatened to do something against your will by your partner, ex-partner, or a family member, is as much a crime as being assaulted by a stranger.

Anyone can experience domestic violence regardless of gender, race, ethnic or religious group, class, disability or lifestyle. It can take place in heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender relationships.

Some people who experience domestic violence may feel afraid or ashamed to tell someone what’s happening. It is important to remember that domestic violence is not your fault. Always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger.

Hounslow Domestic and Sexual Violence Outreach The service provides telephone or face to face support, advice and advocacy to all victims of domestic and sexual violence that reside in the London Borough of Hounslow. Staff are specifically trained and DBS checked and are dedicated to help those at risk to escape violence and abuse.

If you are or have experienced domestic or sexual violence contact the service for assistance with safeguarding , access to national refuges, security for your property, support through the Criminal Justice System  and other issues relating to incidences of domestic and sexual violence.

Call 0208 247 6163 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm)

Hounslow VAWG One Stop Shop

The One Stop Shop provides access to a variety of services to support victims of gender based violence.

Trained staff from many services , such as, family law and immigration solicitors, Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisors, representatives from housing, drug and alcohol support workers, representatives from Refuge and other domestic abuse services are available to assist those experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence, forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, prostitution, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and stalking.

Find out details of where and when the stop shop is running

For further advice call: 0208 247 6163 or 07810 031780

The service is funded by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and facilitated by the Council’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Outreach Service.

24-hour Freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for 24/7 confidential support and information: National Domestic Violence Website

Other advice and support can be sort through

Local Support groups and organisations in and around Hounslow

The links below are some of the national organisations and agencies you can contact for information or support.

GALOP.ORG.UK

Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse.

Supportline: 0800 999 5428

Email: help@galop.org.uk 

www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse

Rights of Women

A women’s charity working in a number of ways to help women through the law. Service aimed at providing women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights.

For women in London call: 020 7608 1137

rightsofwomen.org.uk

Victim Support

An independent charity, that help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.

Supportline: 0808 1689 111

www.victimsupport.org.uk