If you think you are in immediate danger, ALWAYS dial 999 and ask for the police.
If you live in Leicester or Leicestershireare you can call the United Against Violence and Abuse, (UAVA) central helpline on 0808 802 0028
If you are not in immediate danger but fleeing domestic violence contact The National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours) on: 0808 2000 247
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence involves the misuse of power and is based on a range of control mechanisms. This can be by a partner, an ex-partner, a carer or one or more family members. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of their background.
Domestic violence support services
Below are a list of services open to men and women who are affected by domestic violence, including those affected as a third party.
The Safe Project
The main help point for anyone affected by domestic violence in Leicester – staffed seven days a week with a contact point open 24 hours a day.
Within the project there is a helpline service, telephone counselling, outreach support and independent domestic violence advisors.
The project offers safety planning and risk assessments with those affected by domestic violence in order to establish immediate and long-term improvements to safety and well-being.
The Safe Project is delivered by East Midlands Housing Association.
The Family Service
Support for children and young people (0-19), and families affected by domestic violence past or present.
Practical support includes crèche facilities, as well as individual and group work. There are specific groups for those children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and for those who are using violence due to their exposure to domestic violence.
This service is delivered by Living Without Abuse.
The Safe Home Service
Support with a holistic assessment of housing options for those affected by domestic violence, including making safety improvements to homes, accessing emergency temporary accommodation or negotiating a housing transfer.
The main aim is to find sustainable long-term safe accommodation as soon as possible.
This can also mean moving the perpetrator rather than the victim of domestic violence, if they are committed to change and if this is the best way forward for the victim and any children involved.
The Safe Home service is being delivered by the Safe Project.
The Jenkins Centre
The centre offers support to those who wish to change their own abusive behaviour through one-to-one and group work, together with partner support and work specifically on parenting.
The Jenkins Centre service is delivered by FREEVA (formerly DVIRP), and Respect.
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