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Nationally, domestic abuse claims the life of two women a week and affects millions of people. Police receive a report of domestic abuse every minute and at least one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse during their life.

Anyone, regardless of their age, race, religion, sexual orientation or class, can experience abuse and it's not always partners involved - family members can be abusive too.

What is domestic abuse?

'Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are, or have been in a relationship, or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality'.

The Community Safety Partnership, through the work of the Castle Point and Rochford Domestic Abuse Panel, is committed to making it easier to report domestic abuse, improve local services to anyone affected and tackle its root causes.

Do you need help or know anyone who does?

If you are in a violent or abusive relationship or if you know or are supporting somebody in that situation, help is available:

In an emergency dial 999

National Domestic Violence Helpline

FREEPHONE 0808 2000 247 - 24 hour service

Police Domestic Abuse Team

http://www.essex.police.uk/be_safe/domestic_abuse.aspx
Tel:101

Basildon Women's Aid

Offer safe emergency accommodation, support and advice including outreach services in our areas http://www.basildonwa.org/site/1/118.html
01268 581591 - 24 hour emergency helpline

M.A.L.E (Men's Advice Line and Enquiries)

A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic abuse and violence from their partners or ex-partners.
0808 801 0327
Mon-Wed 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Broken Rainbow

(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)
08452 604 460

Victim Support

http://www.victimsupport.org.uk/
0845 4565 995

Childline

0800 1111

Forced Marriage Unit

If you are worried you might be forced into marriage or are worried about a friend or relative then ring: 0207 008 0151
http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/when-things-go-wrong/forced-marriage/

Helpline for stalking victims

National helpline for stalking or harassment 0300 636 0300
email service: advice@stalkinghelpline.org
and website: http://www.stalkinghelpline.org/

Domestic Abuse Panel

Castle Point and Rochford Domestic Abuse Panel is a multi-agency partnership, bringing together key organisations working across the two areas to coordinate an approach and response to domestic abuse, the adults and children involved, and the professionals working with them. The panel consists of statutory and voluntary agencies and meets bi-monthly. If you would like to find out how to become a member, or more information please email csp@castlepoint.gov.uk

Training

The award winning team at Basildon Womens Aid provide an extensive range of training for professionals dealing with domestic abuse http://www.basildonwa.org/site/62/226.html

Teaching Resources

Click here to download

'I just wanted to Say' is a teaching resource that focuses on self-esteem, bullying and relationship issues. Designed to stimulate discussion in the classroom environment, it contains student work sheets and guidelines for teachers/facilitators.

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