I have worries about a situation involving domestic abuse

The Government defines domestic abuse as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.

If you believe somebody is at immediate risk of harm from domestic abuse, call the police on 999.

Resources & further information

  • Cornwall Council’s website offers resources on domestic abuse.
  • Devon and Cornwall Police’s website also offers plenty of resources and suggestions.
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
  • Safer Futures /First Light for advice and support regarding domestic abuse or sexual violence (men, women or children)
  • Women’s Centre Cornwall for women specific support on a wide range of issues
  • Rape and Domestic Abuse helpline -01208 77099
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV) – First Light helpline 0300 7774777
  • Rehab 4 Addiction – offers guidence and support for people experiencing problems with substance misuse and co-occuring mental health problems.

It might help you to talk through the situation with your parish safeguarding advisor, parish priest, or the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (DSO) call 01872 274351.

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