Domestic Abuse

Anyone can experience Domestic Abuse

 Domestic abuse (also sometimes called domestic violence) is a pattern of abusing and controlling behaviour which often escalates over time.  It is more common than people think; it can happen between partners and within families.  Domestic abuse can include:

  • Emotional and financial abuse
  • Physical assault
  • Psychological abuse
  • Sexual abuse and rape
  • Threats, harassment and intimidation

Domestic abuse is a crime and should always be reported to the Police. The Police take domestic abuse very seriously and will be able to help and protect you.

Statistics show that:

  • Each year nearly 2 million people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse - 1.3 million female victims (8.2% of the population) and 600,000 male victims (4%).
  • Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales
  • 130,000 children live in homes where there is high-risk domestic abuse. 
  • 62% of children living with domestic abuse are directly harmed by the perpetrator of the abuse, in addition to the harm caused by witnessing the abuse of others
  • On average victims at high risk of serious harm or murder live with domestic abuse for 2-3 years before getting help

What can Orbit do? 

The Police have a duty to investigate crimes relating to domestic abuse and have specially trained officers who deal with domestic abuse cases; they have the power to take action against perpetrators and safeguard the public; however there is some assistance we can provide as a landlord.

  • Our Community Safety and Anti-Fraud Team will open a case and you will be allocated a case manager.  The case manager will carry out a risk assessment and agree an action plan with you which will set out any steps we will take and any steps you will take. We will provide you with a copy of this action plan if it is safe to do so.

  • You can meet with the case manager by appointment at our offices or at an agreed safe place if a home visit is not appropriate. If you are more comfortable talking to someone of the same sex we can arrange this for you when allocating a case manager.
  • The information you provide will be treated as confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties without your permission unless there are serious concerns for you or a child’s safety. If there are safeguarding concerns we do have a legal responsibility to share information with the relevant Safeguarding Authority.
  • We will give you advice on your housing options. We can give you details of the Local Authority Homelessness Team if you need emergency temporary accommodation.
  • We can refer you to our Tenancy Sustainment Team who provide a range of support services and can provide you with details of other professional organisations that offer advice and support.
  • In certain circumstances we may be able to take enforcement action against the perpetrator of the domestic abuse however  this will depend on the circumstances of the case and other professional organisation’s actions.
  • We may be able make reasonable alterations to your property to increase security and this will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Other organisations that can help and give advice about domestic abuse.

Name / Details  Phone Number Website

English National Domestic Violence Helpline

0808 200 0247

www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

National Centre for Domestic Violence

0800 970 2070

www.ncdv.org.uk

Victim Support

0808 1689 111

www.victimsupport.org.uk

Refuge

0800 200 0247 www.refuge.org.uk 

Men’s Advice Line

0808 801 0327

www.mensadviceline.org.uk

Broken Rainbow National Helpline - LGBT

0300 999 5428

www.broken-rainbow.co.uk

Galop - LGBT

0800 999 5428

www.galop.org.uk

Forced Marriage Unit

020 7008 0151

www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage

Women’s Aid

0808 2000 247

www.womensaid.org.uk

Childline - Information and advice for children and young people affected by domestic abuse

0800 11 11

www.childline.org.uk

Respect - Concerned about your own abusive behaviour or looking for help for an abuser?

0808 802 4040

www.respectphoneline.org.uk

The Dogs Trust, Freedom Project - a free service operating of some areas of the UK for dogs belonging to take dogs into foster care from families fleeing domestic abuse

0800 0834322

www.dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk

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