What is Domestic Abuse?
It takes many forms, is never acceptable and includes psychological, emotional, physical, financial, sexual and verbal abuse. If you’re suffering domestic abuse, you’re likely to feel isolated, hurt, upset and scared.
Domestic abuse includes 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.
This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
- Coercive control
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Financial abuse
- Online or digital abuse
If you’re experiencing domestic abuse and want advice or support, or to make a self-referral, please call New Era on 0300 303 3778 (24 hours). For general enquiries about New Era victim services please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want support to change your abusive behaviour, please call New Era perpetrator services on 01785 601690 or email: email@example.com
Domestic Abuse Workplace Champions and Other Training
According to government figures, domestic abuse costs the country’s economy and society billions of pounds every year, so tackling the issue is vital for the welfare of employees and employers alike.
As part of our work in the community, New Era runs free, interactive workshops– online and at different venues around Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – for businesses and other organisations to raise awareness of the issue and to create domestic abuse Workplace Champions.
Participating employees learn how to spot the signs of domestic abuse and signpost colleagues to the most appropriate support service for them.
New Era is uniquely placed to provide support for victims of domestic abuse as well as perpetrators who recognise and wish to change their offending behaviour.
It’s a rolling programme run in conjunction with Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
For more information about New Era’s Domestic Abuse Workplace Champions training programme only, please ring: 01782 202222 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Era offers a range of other training and support services to local organisations and groups. For information about talks and other training packages provided by New Era specialists, please email: email@example.com
For enquiries about New Era victim services please ring: 0300 303 3778 (24 hours).
For enquiries about New Era perpetrator services please ring: 01785 601690 (Monday to Friday, normal office hours).
Support for victims
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, specialist help is available for all victims when they need it most. The service also provides a live webchat facility, which can be accessed day or night (please go to the section below – Getting help now).
- Operating across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, victim services are provided by Victim Support and are available for everyone, with safety and recovery prioritised.
- New Era aims to end relationship abuse through a wide range of individual and group support for adults, children and young people (aged four to 17), for as long as they need it.
- Specially trained New Era staff are able to help you, whether you’ve made a report to the police or not.
- New Era provides a range of advocacy services, including help with: obtaining a non-molestation and other orders; housing issues and access to refuge and other emergency accommodation; advocacy with the police and other statutory services; child contact matters and court visits; accessing counselling and a range of other services.
- New Era has dedicated specialist advisors working exclusively with LGBT+ (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgender), BAMER (Black Asian Minority Ethnic and Refugee) and male victims.
- Leaflets about New Era victims services are available to download from: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/west-midlands/staffordshire
Getting help now
In an emergency, dial 999.
Agency referrals: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general enquiries about New Era’s Children and Young People services, please email: new-eraCYP@victimsupport.org.uk
Services for perpetrators wanting to change their behaviour
Anyone displaying unhealthy or abusive behaviour within their relationship, and wants support to change this, can access help from New Era perpetrator services. They are available to everyone. New Era services can also help children under 16 years of age who need support with relationship-based behaviour and one-to-one guidance around healthy relationships.
Perpetrator support is offered by the Staffordshire & West Midlands Community Rehabilitation Company through the Reducing Reoffending Partnership (RRP), working across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The support is based on the voluntary participation of the perpetrator and RRP will work with individuals to understand which one-to-one or group work programme will be the most suitable, using a range of evidence-based interventions. Accredited programmes, such as Spectrum and Building Better Relationships, are available and operate from short-term (10 weeks) to more intensive timeframes (up to 30 weeks). A specialist Out of Court Disposal Programme is also available.
Your first step to getting help is to contact New Era.