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Domestic Abuse Policy consultation

As part of our commitment to helping victims of domestic abuse, we are consulting on the Housing Domestic Abuse Policy (pdf, 516kb)  which was approved by the Housing and Community Services Committee on 3 June.

The Council believes that all forms of domestic abuse are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Domestic abuse often has consequences for the housing of victims and their families who will frequently turn to the Council’s Housing Services for help. This policy aims to ensure that all staff, partner agencies and contractors understand domestic abuse and give a consistent service when offering guidance and support.

The Government’s wider aim is to support victims of domestic abuse and ensure that they and their families are provided with the stability and security they need and deserve. These aims are now underpinned within the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Housing providers have also been specifically identified within the Government’s recent Social Housing White Paper as playing a key role in the delivery of housing and support to the victims of domestic abuse. To address these wider aims, the Council intends to:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of domestic abuse in the workplace and within communities.
  • Improve the safety and welfare of adults, children and families who are affected.
  • Encourage and maintain multi-agency working to ensure a seamless service to victims and their families.
  • Ensure that staff have regular training relevant to their roles.

We are inviting tenants and members of the public to tell us what they think of this Policy by completing a short survey from 30 July: 

Complete the survey here

Your feedback will be used to ensure that the Policy reflects our statutory and regulatory responsibilities and provides a robust framework to assist victims and their families.

If you are interested in commenting, please complete the online survey by Friday 10 September.

More information is available by emailing tenant.participation@southderbyshire.gov.uk

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing domestic abuse, help is available:

Derbyshire Domestic Abuse helpline
Tel: 08000 198 668 / Text for deaf or hearing impaired: 07534 617252.
Emergency SMS - text: 999.
Email: derbyshiredahelpline@theelmfoundation.org.uk
Website: www.theelmfoundation.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline (Run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge)
Tel: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Email: helpline@refuge.org.uk. / helpline@womensaid.org.uk.
Website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

National Men’s Advice Line
Tel: 0808 801 0327
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Website: www.mensadviceline.org.uk

SV2 Support for victims of sexual violence Advice Line:
Tel: 01773 746 115 - option 1 (7 days a week 8am to 5pm)
Therapy Line: 01773 746 115 - option 2 (5 days a week 9am to 4pm)
Email: help@sv2.org.uk (weekdays 8am to 5pm)
Website: www.sv2.org.uk

Mankind Initiative
Tel: 01823 334 244
Email: admin@mankind.org.uk
Website: www.mankind.org.uk

Derbyshire Victim Services Support line
Tel: 0800 612 6505
Text "COREDVS" to 82228
Email support@derbyshirecore.org
Website:derbyshirevictimservices.co.uk

ChildLine
Tel: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC Helpline
Tel: 0808 800 5000

Karma Nirvana Honour Base Abuse Helpline
Tel: 0800 5999 247
Website: www.karmanirvana.org.uk

Force Marriage unit
Email: fmu@fco.gov.uk
Tel: 020 7008 0151

Samaritans
Tel: 116 123
Email: jo@samaritans.org
Website: www.samaritans.org