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Domestic Abuse

 At Gedling Homes we believe:

  • That every person has a right to feel safe in their home
  • That domestic abuse is unacceptable and should not be tolerated and that abuse in any relationship is an abuse of power
  • Anyone experiencing domestic abuse should be supported and protected from further abuse

People experience domestic abuse regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality and lifestyle. It can happen in the home, or in a public place.

What Is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse comes from the abuser’s desire for power and control and can take many and varied forms, such as

  • Sexual violence
  • Physical violence
  • Destructive criticism and verbal abuse
  • Bullying
  • Destruction of property
  • Restrictions placed on person to see their family and friends
  • Oppressive control of finances

It is important to remember that a single incident can be classed as domestic abuse and that there does not have to be a series of events.  Domestic abuse is not only carried out by men against women, it also occurs in same sex relationships and to men by women.

Reporting Domestic Abuse

When you contact us we will arrange for you to speak to a member of staff in a private and safe environment.  We will offer advice to help deal with the immediate situation as well as the longer term issues (including potential legal remedies, re-housing options and all other sources of advice and assistance).  Our aim is to enable you to make your own informed decision.

If you would like to talk to us about domestic abuse please ring us on 0115 905 1515 and ask for Tenancy Services. 

You can also get help and advice from:

National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 2000 247

https://nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

The National Domestic Violence Helpline is a free, confidential helpline run by Women’s Aid and Refuge for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, and is available 24/7.

 

Women’s Aid

0808 2000 247

https://womensaid.org.uk

Women’s Aid provides a range of information and support on domestic abuse, including support for people experiencing domestic abuse and people who are concerned that others may be.

 

Respect

0808 802 4040

https://respect.uk.net

Respect is the UK membership organization for work with domestic violence perpetrators, male victims of domestic violence and you people’s violence in close relationships.

Childline

0800 1111

https://www.childline.org.uk

For information and advice for children and young people

What Happens Next?

Gedling Homes will instigate tenancy enforcement or other legal actions (under the Housing Act 1988) against the perpetrator if they are a tenant of ours and the abuse is proven.  Our tenancy agreement specifically prohibits tenants from threatening or committing violence or causing another member of the household to leave due to this harassment.  In appropriate circumstances we will signpost perpetrators of domestic abuse to relevant agencies that may be able to help them challenge and change their behaviour.

Make A Stand 

Jigsaw Homes Group is one of the many housing associations that has pledged to tackle domestic abuse by signing up to the Chartered Institute of Housing’s ‘Make a Stand’ campaign, which has been developed in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and the charity Women’s Aid. To find out more about the campaign visit http://www.cih.org/makeastand.