FORCED MARRIAGE – where one or both parties do not consent to their marriage (or are unable to due to vulnerabilities). Victims can experience physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressures from family members or their communities to get married which then can lead to issues of honour based violence.
PHYSICAL ABUSE – for example pushing, hitting, punching, choking, kicking, biting, spitting, burning and using weapons, restraining; giving too much medication or the wrong medication; assault with everyday implements such as kitchen knives; smashing someone’s possessions; imprisoning them; or forcing them to use illegal drugs as a way of blackmailing and controlling them. Female Genital […]
OTHER SERVICES We are committed advocates for all our clients and will work with you as an individual, at your pace. We will support and accompany you if needed when attending court, solicitors etc. We offer crisis intervention by identifying and assessing your risk. We can arrange for interpreters who are willing to help you […]
HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE – when an incident or a crime has been committed in order to defend the ‘honour’ of a family or a community. These incidents are used as a means of controlling activity and behaviour within families and communities because of the ‘shame’ that is brought when an individual does not comply with […]
CHILD ABUSE We have been made aware through the press and news coverage of cases of child abuse. The abuse of children is particularly abhorrent. It can be as much about a lack of love and affection and care as it can be about physical or sexual abuse and we list here some of the […]
HARASSMENT and STALKING It is a criminal offence in England and Wales for someone to harass you or put you in fear of violence. Stalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention that makes you feel pestered and harassed. It includes behaviour that happens two or more times, directed at or towards you by […]
INTERNET/DIGITAL ABUSE can involve trolling, revenge porn, cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking, bait-out pages, sexting, grooming, radicalising, ID theft. Social media and the internet are often used for stalking and harassment, and ‘cyber-stalking’ or online threats can be just as intimidating. If you’ve been affected by cyber-stalking, you can get more information and safety tips from Get Safe […]
FINANCIAL ABUSE – the illegal or unauthorised use of someone’s property, money, pension book or other valuables; forcing them to take out loans; keeping them in poverty; demanding to know every penny they spend; refusing to let them use transport or have money to pay for it. With-holding money for toiletries or sanitary provision in […]