For immediate help in an emergency call the police on 999. If you’re not able to speak, press 55 at any time and you’ll be automatically transferred to the police.
Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
In this definition, family members are defined as: mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents, whether directly related, in-laws or step-family.
Domestic abuse can take many forms; frequently checking your phone, withholding money, and isolating you from family or friends are all behaviours that can have a real impact on psychological and emotional wellbeing.
If you're in an unhealthy relationship and suffering abuse, help and support is available. Speak up and don't suffer in silence.
Domestic abuse isn’t just about violence; it can involve many different types of behaviour such as:
Physical abuse includes:
Emotional abuse includes:
Verbal or non-verbal abuse is more subtle than physical abuse; while physical abuse might seem worse, the scars of verbal and emotional abuse are deep rooting.
Sexual abuse includes:
Sexual abuse often is linked to physical abuse; they may occur together or the sexual abuse may occur after a bout of physical abuse.
Economic or financial abuse includes:
Controlling behaviour includes:
Coercive behaviour includes:
We treat all reports of domestic abuse seriously and we’re committed to working in partnership with other agencies for the safety of all those who may be, or have been, experiencing domestic abuse.
We work closely with our partner IDAS (Independent Domestic Abuse Service) to support residents in Barnsley who are suffering or have suffered from domestic abuse.
The #SpeakUp campaign aims to tackle domestic abuse and encourage healthy relationships.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic abuse, speak up - don’t suffer alone: call 03000 110 110.
IDAS also provide support in a range of other ways including:
We treat all reports of domestic abuse seriously. You can contact us:
By phone - 01226 787878
In person – contact us to make an appointment at one of our customer service centres.
By email - remember to tell us your name, address, and phone number. We may need to ring you back.
Domestic abuse is a sensitive and complex issue and we’re not experts in this field, so we work closely with partner organisations so that both victims and perpetrators get appropriate and effective support.
We see our role as:
Recognising the signs
Working with partners to respond to the issues
We do this by:
When we receive a report that someone has been a victim of domestic abuse, we will:
All our Neighbourhood Teams (our frontline staff working with people living on our estates), have been trained to understand domestic abuse, and to give advice on where people can get expert and specialised support in Barnsley.
We can give advice on:
The specific and direct action we can take includes:
South Yorkshire Police are the most appropriate body to take immediate action where there has been abuse or a fear of abuse, and they may apply for a Domestic Violence Protection Notice (DVPN) resulting in a Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPO).
BSARCH provides helpline support and face-to-face counselling for women over 16 who have been raped or sexually abuse at any time in their lives. All counsellors and helpline workers are fully trained women volunteers, and their services are free and confidential. Phone them on 01226 320140
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