Domestic violence and abuse
Domestic violence 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.
Types of domestic abuse
This can include, but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is
a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and /or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is
an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish or frighten their victim."
This includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and it is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
'Take the Step' 'Make the call'
Take the step' ' Make the call' was launched by the Commissioner and gives advice from Lancashire Victim Services (LVS) about where people who are experiencing domestic abuse can get the help they need, when they need it.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire is encouraging victims of domestic abuse to take the step and make a call to get help.
In Preston, the Community Safety Partnership supports the Commissioner's message that domestic abuse is unacceptable and are raising awareness of where to get help by sharing information about services available locally.
Raising the profile of these services is an important part of Preston Community Safety Partnership's work.
Lancashire Victim Services (LVS)
Lancashire Victim Services (LVS) Independent Domestic Violence Advisers are specially trained to provide :
- non-judgemental emotional support
- safety planning
- access to counselling and practical help
They are also able to support victims of domestic abuse through the criminal justice system and make sure that the right measures are in place to keep people safe.
Additionally, support is available through Support Line by calling 01708 765200. All enquiries to Support Line which require further support will be referred to Lancashire Victims Services by the next working day.
Preston Domestic Violence Services
Preston Domestic Violence Services (PDVS) supports adults (men and women) and children and young people experiencing (or having experienced) domestic and/or sexual violence.
They largely operate in Preston but some services cover Chorley and South Ribble (our helpline and drop-in centre can be accessed from any area).
SafeNet Domestic Abuse Services
SafeNet Domestic Abuse Services plays a crucial role in providing support to victims and survivors of abuse, encompassing individuals of all genders and age groups, including men, women, and children. SafeNet maintain refuges that offer a safe haven for those in need. Additionally, they operate a dedicated Safe at Home community outreach team, along with specialised support for schools, which involves group work aimed at educating young people on healthy relationships, facilitated by SafeNet domestic abuse specialists.
How to report a problem
Please note: support will be provided according to individual needs and offered in a range of languages if required.