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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:
Physical
Sexual
Emotional
Financial
Verbal

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.

Visit: www.surreyagainstda.info

North Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
01932 260690
www.nsdas.org.uk

Districts covered: Epsom and Ewell, Elmbridge and Spelthorne. Offering information on:
Housing
Keeping Safe
Welfare Benefits
Civil orders
Legal Support
Emotional Support

East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
01737 771350 (9am-4pm Mon-Fri)
www.esdas.org.uk

Districts covered: Reigate & Banstead including Epsom Downs and Tattenhams, Mole Valley and Tandridge.  Offering information on:
Legal Rights
Housing Options
Access to Benefits
Financial and debt advice
Councelling
Children’s Needs

Sutton Women’s Centre
020 8661 1991
info@suttonwomen.co.uk
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:
Counselling
Mother and Toddler Creche
IT Training
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

Broken Window
0300 999 5428
www.brokenwindow.org.uk

National LGBT domestic violence helpline which provides support for victims of domestic abuse within the LGBT community.
Mon: 2pm-8pm
Weds: 10am-5pm
Thurs: 2pm-8pm

Other Useful Contacts:

Women’s Aid
www.womensaid.org.uk

Surrey County Council
www.surreycc.gov.uk/domesticabuse

Surrey Domestic Abuse Hotline
01483 776822 (24hrs)

Crime Stopphers
0800 551 111

Surrey Families Information Services
0300 200 1004

Samaritans (24HRS)
01372 375555
01737 248444

NATIONAL DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE (24HRS)
0808 2000 247

Useful Tips:

If planning to leave an abusive relationship always pack the following:
Passports
Birth Certificates
Drivers Licence
Medical Details
Essential clothes for yourself and children
Mortgage Details
Marriage Certificate
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.

Kat

 
Kat Heath
Kat Heath is a qualified beauty therapist and a mum of two boys, Harry (4 years old) and Elliott (9 weeks old).

Kat also has been a marketing ambassador and blogger for many on-line mummy sites as well as working as a therapist for Decleor, Clarins and Guinot within Selfridges, Peter Jones and John Lewis.

Her passions are fashion, interiors and food!

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