What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is a crime that Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council takes very seriously. It is also the largest single reason why people become homeless in Leicestershire.
Domestic abuse includes any psychological, social, emotional, physical or economical abuse of an individual by a family member, carer, partner or ex-partner in an existing or previous domestic relationship. This is regardless of race, gender, disability, age, HIV status, religious or political belief, sexual orientation, class or location. Domestic abuse is about the use of power to assert and maintain control over another person.
It can involve:
- Physical abuse - including slapping, shoving, punching, pushing, kicking, burning, stabbing. Physical abuse can sometimes start off with a 'minor' incident, but can often lead to serious injury such as broken bones, permanent disfigurement, persistent ill-health and worse
- Sexual abuse - including rape, sexual assault, enforced prostitution and being forced to engage in unwanted sex acts and abuse
- Psychological and emotional abuse - including being constantly humiliated and degraded, being made to keep the house to exacting standards, being kept short of money, threats to children and threats to oneself
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is committed to helping anyone who is or has been a victim of domestic abuse. We can offer confidential help, advice, support and guidance on how to deal with any instances of domestic abuse.
Statistically, approximately one in four women and one in five men are affected by domestic abuse. We deal with over 100 cases a year and have shown our commitment to helping victims of domestic abuse by employing a dedicated Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker.
For confidential help and advice on domestic abuse please contact the Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker on 07966 202181 or 01455 255746.
The Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker also chairs the Hinckley & Bosworth Domestic Abuse Forum which runs every three months. For further information on the forum, or if you would like to be involved in the forum, please contact the Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker using the above contact details.
Last updated: 25/09/2017 09:44:12