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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is any form of unacceptable personal abuse and happens to women, men and children. At some point in their lives, it will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men.

 

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Rooftop Housing Group works in partnership with West Mercia Women’s Aid; we currently run a Domestic Abuse service that provides support to male and female victims and survivors across Worcestershire.

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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any form of unacceptable personal abuse and happens to women, men and children. At some point in their lives, it will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men.

It can be committed by a partner or ex-partner, or a family member and can involve a wide range of abusive and controlling behaviours. Domestic abuse can also include issues such as coercive control, forced marriage and honour crimes.

Domestic Abuse manifests itself in many ways including:

PHYSICAL ABUSE

Physical abuse is any intentional act causing injury or trauma to another person by way of bodily contact. 

EMOTIONAL ABUSE

Emotional abuse

 is any kind of abuse which can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics such as intimidation, manipulation, and refusal to ever be pleased.

SEXUAL ABUSE

Sexual abuse, also referred to as molestation, is usually undesired sexual behavior by one person upon another. It is often perpetrated using force or by taking advantage of another. 

FINANCIAL ABUSE

Financial abuse is a form of abuse when one intimate partner has control over the other partner's access to finances, which reduces the capacity to support themselves and forces them to depend on the perpetrator financially.

PSYCHO-LOGICAL ABUSE

Psychological abuse is the infliction of mental anguish, involving actions that cause fear of violence, isolation or deprivation, and feelings of shame, indignity or powerlessness 

Who can I talk to if I need help?

For some people, disclosing they are a victim of Domestic Abuse can be very difficult. We understand the barriers victims might face, so to help we run a confidential domestic abuse helpline that offers advice and information to people who want to talk through their options.

You can call the Domestic abuse helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is 0800 980 3331 available for Men and Women.

There is also a dedicated Male helpline that runs on a Tuesday every week 11am-3pm, however we will get back to any messages left outside of that time as soon as we can.

What if I need to Flee?

We understand that victims may not feel safe and may need to leave their partner/family members quickly. In Worcestershire, Women’s Aid operate a safe refuge space for women and their children fleeing abuse.

 

Rooftop Housing Group also operate a safe-house provision that is open to men and/or women fleeing abuse with or without children.

 

Want to know more? Please call the West Mercia Women’s Aid 24/7 domestic abuse helpline on 0800 980 3331.

What support do Rooftop offer?

For victims of domestic abuse, Rooftop offers a number of support services.

If you feel you would like support please call 0800 980 3331.

If you are a professional wanting to refer someone please go to the West Mercia Women's Aid Website

1-2-1 Community support for victims of domestic abuse

1-2-1 community support

 

We have dedicated male and female domestic abuse support workers who are responsible for working with clients to help empower them to move on from the abuse they have or are enduring. This targeted form of support will assist the client in directing them towards a path that is more prosperous than it is currently.

 

Our experienced support workers will act as your liaison and guide, to support you emotionally and practically to help you move on with your life.

Group recovery programmes

 

Open to female victims of domestic abuse, these programmes are designed to help women work towards greater empowerment and awareness of the dynamics of abuse and how this affects her and her children.

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M.A.R.S. Programme

 

Open to male victims of domestic abuse, this programme is designed to help men understand domestic abuse in more detail and to build resilience for them to develop more positive relationships

Working with partners

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