A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS ISN’T THE CASE FOR ALL – DOMESTIC VIOLENCE THERE IS SUPPORT LOCALLY
Posted by Kat Heath on 06 Dec 2018
Christmas is a time which should be happy and joyful. A time for loved ones. However for those in abusive relationships it can be a time filled with fear and heightened anguish.
According to the 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales 1.9 million adults between the ages of 16-59 would have experienced some form of domestic abuse with a third of domestic abuse incidents being reported on Christmas day itself. (according to government statistics)
However as domestic abuse is often a hidden crime which is not always reported it is estimated that there are significantly more victims than published in the report.
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can take various forms including:
If you or someone you know maybe suffering from domestic abuse then there is help and support available within the area.
Below is a comprehensive list of helplines and support groups dedicated to victims of domestic violence.
SURREY AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE.
Encompasses all services within Surrey.
Offering information on domestic abuse helplines and support groups.
North Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
Districts covered: Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne. Offering information on:
East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
01737 771350 (9am-4pm Mon-Fri)
Districts covered: Reigate & Banstead including Epsom Downs and Tattenhams, Mole Valley and Tandridge. Offering information on:
Access to Benefits
Financial and debt advice
Sutton Women’s Centre
020 8661 1991
3 Palmerston Road, Sutton, SM1 4QL
A centre for abused women in the heart of Sutton, which was founded in 1985.
Services are free of charge and include:
Mother and Toddler Creche
Entry onto the Freedom Programme
Sutton Domestic Abuse Drop in Session
020 8661 1991
Sutton Baptist Church, 21 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1
A drop in session offering councelling and advice for victims suffering from Domestic abuse.
Wednesdays 9.30-11.30 am
0300 999 5428
National LGBT domestic violence helpline which provides support for victims of domestic abuse within the LGBT community.
Other Useful Contacts:
Surrey County Council
Surrey Domestic Abuse Hotline
01483 776822 (24hrs)
0800 551 111
Surrey Families Information Services
0300 200 1004
NATIONAL DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE (24HRS)
0808 2000 247
If planning to leave an abusive relationship always pack the following:
Essential clothes for yourself and children
Financial Details eg bank cards, national insurance number, council tax bill
Log times and dates of abuse.
Always keep text messages or voicemails of an abusive nature.
Visit GP, Nurse or Health Visitor with injuries sustained so it can be logged.
All of this can be used as evidence in a court of law.
Domestic Abuse is a potentially fatal crime. If you or someone you know is in danger please contact 999 immediately.