In the run up the the General Election on Thursday the 12th, domestic abuse continues to feature on the agenda of important issues to tackle.
Resolution, an organisation founded in 1982 as a community of family justice professionals who work with families and individuals to resolve issues in a constructive way, defines domestic abuse as: “when someone close to you, often your spouse or partner, causes you physical, social, mental, financial or emotional harm. The violence and abuse can be actual or threatened and can happen once every so often or on a regular basis”.
The NSPCC has called on the incoming Government to tackle domestic abuse. Significantly, the NSPCC have highlighted this as one of its five key areas which need addressing after the next election in order to safeguard children. The NSPCC has called for legislation that recognises the devastating impact experiencing domestic abuse can have on children and places a duty on local authorities and their partners to make sure specialist services are available to children and families who need support.
In Kent and the Medway, the Domestic Abuse Support in Kent website, a new resource covering Kent and Medway provides advice and information on services for victims, friends & family, and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. You can visit their website at: http://www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk
If you need help or support or think you may be affected by the issues above you can visit:
Women’s Aid 0808 2000 247
Refuge 0808 2000 247
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 0161 636 7525
MALE (Men’s advice line and enquiries) 0808 801 0327
Everyman Project 0207 263 8884
Men’s advice line 0808 801 0327
NSPCC 0808 800 500
Respect phoneline 0808 802 4040