Domestic Abuse

Calderdale Staying Safe Domestic Abuse Support is here for you

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If you are 16 or over, female or male and have experienced any form of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe are here to help you.

They have diverse, experienced and skilled staff, female and male that can assist you and where necessary signpost you to the appropriate organisations.

 

You do not have to suffer in silence.

 

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Calderdale Staying Safe, Women Making Changes and Calderdale Counselling Team

Telephone: 01422 323339 

Grant Round Open To Support West Yorkshire Communities

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West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has opened his latest grant round of the Safer Communities Fund (SCF) with £140,000 available, made up from Proceeds of Crime monies successfully secured by police and prosecutors.

Voluntary, community groups, charities and partners can now bid for grants of up to £6000 from the fund which has a strong theme of supporting communities, and a particular focus on safeguarding vulnerable people.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: “In these truly unprecedented times we want to do all we can to help those most in need.

“I would welcome a broad range of project applications across all of the priority areas set out in my Police and Crime Plan. However, I am particularly looking for initiatives that support the more vulnerable such as younger people or the elderly, women and girls, those with disabilities or victims harmed by crime. Early intervention and prevention projects and those offering therapy or support are also very welcome.

“Crucially, projects must be in a position to get to work helping people right away. That means being able to operate within the current climate of Covid restrictions and in a Covid secure way.

“I really need everyone’s help in promoting this fund so that it can reach the areas where it will make the most difference, so please, if you know of a group this could help, let them know.

“I’m very pleased to be able to continue to offer this much needed funding and support during such unique and challenging times, which is also a great testament to the ongoing work of West Yorkshire Police and prosecutors in securing Proceeds of Crime resources.

“It was a key commitment of mine on being elected PCC in 2012 to ensure Proceeds of Crime monies found its way back into our communities affected by such criminal activity in first place, and it has never been more needed than at the moment during the pandemic.”

This latest grant opportunity is the 20th round of the Safer Communities Fund which has also just allocated grant round 19’s cash, of over £180,000 to 36 projects across West Yorkshire.

Projects funded include:

  • Disability Partnership Calderdale, in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, with a project to educate and empower people to report BAME Disability Hate Crime.
  • Radio Sangam in Kirklees who are implementing online Domestic Abuse Support for the South Asian community asking for help following incidences of domestic abuse.
  • Guiding Light Leads in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, who will be delivering an Educate and Empower Black Youth Programme.
  • Tigers Trust in Wakefield for their project ‘Tigers Try Time’ which will look to support and education about hate crime made against their women and disabled teams.
  • Supporting the Keighley Pride event 2021 including security and providing BSL interpreters to ensure LGBTQ people will experience improved safety.

The fund initially launched in 2014 and has now allocated £3.6m to around 790 projects making a real difference across West Yorkshire.

A virtual celebration event, looking back at fund achievements and awards for grand round 20 will be held on Monday 22nd March. All current and past recipients will be invited.

The Safer Communities Fund is financed through money and assets recovered from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act by West Yorkshire Police and Prosecutors.

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable, John Robins, said: “These last few months have presented great challenges, not least for the many community and voluntary groups across West Yorkshire which, despite restrictions, have continued to provide vital help to those people who need it most. Whether it be supporting victims of crime, or making sure children’s or older people’s wellbeing is cared for during lockdown, we have seen volunteers step up their efforts and go the extra mile to meet growing demand on their services.

“Community groups and charities provide a lifeline to many people. They are applauded for their contribution to our society.

“Yet, the opportunities to raise funds and maintain their income has been reduced by lockdown restrictions, which is why I welcome the latest round of grant aid from the Safer Communities Fund and encourage groups to apply for well-deserved grant aid.”

The Safer Communities Fund closes for applications at 12 noon (mid-day) on Friday 12 February 2021.

To find out more about the fund and to apply, visit https://www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-communities-fund/how-apply

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Domestic Abuse resources during lockdown

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The move to a national lockdown has come as disappointing news to us all. For people in abusive relationships however, the prospect of spending more time at home will be far more frightening. Sadly, cases of domestic abuse have been on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic, with the highest incidences occurring during periods of lockdown.

This ecall provides more information on domestic abuse and the services that can help if you or someone you know is a victim of it.

Domestic abuse is a crime and a violation of an individual’s human rights, and has serious impacts on victims. Domestic abuse can be an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in most cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer.

There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances.

According to the Office of National Statistics, approximately 1 in 20 adults are experiencing some form of domestic abuse. There will be people reading this ecall who may be experiencing, or be a perpetrator of, domestic abuse. If this is you, you are likely to be feeling stressed and worried as we enter the third national lockdown.

During lockdown, the Government has issued specific guidance about fleeing domestic abuse.  The ‘stay at home’ guidance does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.

Witnessing and experiencing domestic abuse can have a serious impact on a child’s long-term health. It is a top priority that vulnerable children and young people remain safe during this uncertain period. If you are concerned that a child is at risk of harm, you should refer this information to children’s social care (01422 393336), or to the police (999) if you believe the child is in immediate danger.

If you are trapped in an abusive relationship and are worried about the wellbeing of your children or yourself, it is imperative you seek help. Similarly, if you are aware of someone who is struggling with domestic abuse, you can also seek advice on how to support them.

Services nationally and in Calderdale remain open and operational during the pandemic.

Domestic Abuse HR Policy – this policy contains links to internal and external support.

Calderdale Domestic Abuse Hub – 01422 337176

24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

Respect 0808 8024 040 – provides practical information and advice on domestic abuse for perpetrators, male victims, professionals, and family and friends.

Bright Sky – a free mobile app providing support and information for anyone who may be in an abusive relationship, or for those who are concerned about someone they know. It is available in five languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Polish and Welsh.  Bright Sky can also be used by practitioners and can be ‘hidden’ from view of perpetrators.

In an emergency, where there is a threat to life or serious injury call 999. If you are concerned that a crime has been committed, call 101. You can also report domestic abuse on the West Yorkshire Police website.

Staying Safe help with Domestic Abuse

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If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse the Staying Safe team can help.
We provide free, confidential advice for anyone over 16 who lives in Calderdale and we can signpost to relevant organisations if you live outside Calderdale.

 

 

We offer assistance on

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Safety Advice
  • Access to Legal Advice

For more information about what we do, please read:

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To get in touch with us, call us on 01422 323 339 Mon – Fri 9am – 5 pm

National Domestic Violence Helplines

  • Women’s Aid: 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
  • In an emergency, always ring 999 / 112
  • To report an incident to the Police, ring 101

 

RESPECT – Keep Your Partners Safe During the World Cup

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The most detailed research into the links between the football World Cup and domestic abuse rates has revealed that in one force area in England and Wales, violent incidents increased by 38% when England lost – but also rose by 26% when they won.

The research, by Lancaster University criminologist Dr Stuart Kirby, a former police officer, monitored police reports of domestic violence during the last three World Cups in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

While domestic violence rose after each England game, incidents also increased in frequency at each new tournament. Separate national research examining the 2010 World Cup echoed the Kirby findings – with domestic abuse reports up 27.7% when the England team won a game, and 31.5% when they lost.

Source: The Guardian June 14, 2014.

What can I do?

We know that on average, domestic abuse rises during World Cup season in the UK. As a charity that mobilises men, White Ribbon UK asks men to be active in stopping this from happening. Domestic abuse is not only tragic, it is illegal.

Football clubs will decide how best they can fulfil their responsibilities.

Organisations must send a clear message that violence against women and children is “completely unacceptable”, joining the chorus for equality and justice, and breaking the silence that surrounds violence against women and girls.

Clubs can also work through their Community Foundations to provide “positive role models to younger people in the community, encouraging healthy and non-abusive relationships”.

Stewards must be expected to challenge any sexist or homophobic remarks. Clubs can be encouraged to display the World Cup posters and other White Ribbon posters, which challenge abusive behaviour and sexism.

Let’s be clear on Domestic Abuse!

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lets-be-clearToday is White Ribbon Day and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

On average, those experiencing domestic abuse live with it for 2 to 3 years without seeking help

The Domestic Abuse Strategic Board launched the Let’s Be Clear campaign this week to coincide with both and  the message is that domestic abuse is more than just physical violence, it includes emotional and psychological abuse. It can happen to anyone, from any background and support is available, for both victims and perpetrators who want to change.

If you are worried about being in an abusive relationship call Calderdale Staying Safe on 01422 323339 or visit calderdale.gov.uk/domesticabuse for free, confidential support.

Raise your awarness of domestic abuse

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CMBC are working with the White Ribbon Campaign and other agencies to reduce domestic abuse against women and you can get involved by attending the White Ribbon Campaign Event.

Wednesday 25 November – 9am to 12pm
The Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

If you would like to book a place email Ebhlin.montgomery@calderdale.gov.uk or for further information on the campaign visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk

Have your say on Calderdale Domestic Abuse Services

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A team of researchers based at the University of Huddersfield want to find out what people think about domestic abuse services in Calderdale.

They would like to speak to people who have used or who have chosen not to use domestic abuse services in the area so if you would like to talk about your experience’s you can contact them in confidence.

For more information or to get your views heard please join the conversation on Twitter #DACalderdale or email Ruth at r.neville@hud.ac.uk or Bernard at b.gallagher@hud.ac.uk

If you need advice and support about domestic abuse click here.