Stop Domestic Violence
Domestic abuse is cross-cultural and occurs irrespective of race, ethnicity, religious belief, class, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities. It is not confined to specific cultures, religions and/or lifestyles. The perpetrators may include a spouse, partner, family and/or children.
Domestic violence can be:
- Verbal threats to you and/or children and generating fear of your physical safety
- Physical violence & harassment
- Sexual assault and rape (including use of force, threats and intimidation)
- Undermining your self-esteem and confidence e.g. putting you down, being disrespectful, constant criticism
- Controlling behaviours such as when to leave the house, what to wear and whom you can speak to
- Isolating you, for example stopping you from communicating with friends and family
- Jealousy and possessiveness. This could include acting suspiciously concerning friendships and monitoring communication
- Withholding access to money and controlling finances
- Employing coercive behaviours and pressure tactics
- Denial, insisting that abuse has not occurred
The vast majority of the victims of domestic violence are women and children. Women are considerably more likely to experience repeated and severe forms of domestic and sexual abuse. Studies illustrate emotional abuse can have long-lasting and damaging effects on women and as such deserves to be taken as seriously as physical abuse.
JAN Trust provides impartial, culturally sensitive and confidential advice and guidance in English and South Asian languages for women suffering or fleeing from domestic abuse. We also provide awareness raising training for professionals, statutory and voluntary organisations designed to enable them to provide suitable services for clients and service users. Our training package is comprehensive and seeks to include topics such as Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence (HBV), FGM, cultural perceptions and religious awareness. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or bespoke training for your organisation.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence please call the free National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 hours) on 0808 2000 247, they can provide advice to access refuge space and contact details for local services to aid you. If you are in imminent danger please call 999 immediately.