Domestic abuse

Tackling domestic abuse

What is domestic violence and abuse?

It is the abuse of power or control over one person by another. It can be in many forms including physical, psychological, sexual, emotional, verbal and financial abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members. It can happen to anyone, regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality or lifestyle.

The majority of domestic violence incidents are committed in marriage or intimate relationships - or after the relationship has ended. Other family members can be perpetrators too, and domestic violence and abuse affects all members of the family, especially children living in the household.

Anyone who is forced to alter their behaviour because they are frightened of their partner’s reaction is being abused.

If it is happening to you

You are not to blame. It can be hard to recognise or admit that you are the target of domestic violence and abuse. Your abuser may tell you it is your fault but no victim asks for it or deserves to be abused regardless of what the victim says or does. You have the right to live with respect and safety and to put your own and your children's needs first.

If it is happening to someone you know

Victims of domestic abuse often don’t realise they are in an abusive relationship and if they do, they may feel they are to blame in some way and that there is no way out. There are many reasons why a victim may find it difficult to leave an abusive relationship. They may be worried about losing their home or their children if they seek help. Despite what some people might think, ending an abusive relationship isn’t an easy thing to do. Victims need to know they will receive the help and support they require.

How we tackle domestic violence and abuse in Lancashire?

The Blackburn with Darwen Domestic Abuse Board drives the implementation, review and evaluation of the Domestic Abuse Strategy for the borough.

Our aim is to prevent harm and save lives and we believe the best way to do this is for different agencies to work together and to work as one to provide a bespoke service for anyone that needs our help. We are committed to protecting victims and taking firm action against offenders and offer a range of services which can help.

For further details on the services available or for a confidential chat with our trained domestic abuse advocacy service please contact us.

Domestic homicide reviews

When someone has been killed as a result of domestic violence (domestic homicide) a review should be carried out. Professionals need to understand what happened in each homicide and to identify what needs to change to reduce the risk of future tragedies.

You can find out more information on domestic homicide review here.

Published domestic homicide reviews

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Domestic violence disclosure scheme – Clare’s Law

From 8 March 2014, the domestic violence disclosure scheme will be implemented across England and Wales.

You can find out more information here.

Further advice

Please visit the Your Support Your Choice website for more support information.

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