We offer free and confidential advocacy, counselling, weekly drop in, advice and training in the following areas:
Our IDSVA service has developed to become the heart of the Her Centre. Over the past 3 years our hard working IDSVA team have provided support to 1702 clients who were affected by Domestic and Sexual Abuse. Over the above-mentioned period, we had a total of 2766 client referrals out of which 65% engaged.
The cross-government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, 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. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
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.
Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. There are many different kinds of sexual violence, including but not restricted to: rape, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage / relationships, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation, and ritual abuse. A more detailed breakdown can be found under the Sexual violence Act 2003.
Campaign to Change Licensing Laws to Challenge Sexual Harassment:
In our work we see women who have experienced abuse both from a partner or ex -partner, but also from strangers. Government needs to address the rising levels of sexual harassment that women experience in late night bars and clubs, making these venues comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. This can be done by changing licensing laws to require landlords and venue owners to train staff on how to respond to sexual harassment complaints effectively. By training staff once a year, venues can ensure that staff know what to do and who to report to, ensuring women feel safe. A change in the law will ensure a clear message to those who harass others, and to those who just want the harassment to stop. Help stop sexual harassment!
Please click on this link to Sign the Petition.