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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse includes many different types of behaviour. It is not just carried out by men against female partners; it affects women, men and children. Domestic abuse can happen between any relationship within the home and family.

Domestic abuse and violence does not refer only to a physical attack. Selwood Housing uses the Home Office definition of domestic abuse, "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:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional"

Our approach to domestic abuse

The neighbourhood team at Selwood Housing will make every effort to support customers who are experiencing domestic abuse. This will often mean working with and making referrals to specialist agencies.

Quite often there may not be a simple tenancy-based solution to the situation. We will be clear with victims about this and what all their options are. This may mean you are directed to the local authority for immediate rehousing. We will remain in touch with you until the matter is resolved.

What can we do to help?

If you are suffering from domestic abuse and would like to speak to a neighbourhood manager in confidence, then call 01225 715 715. All reports of domestic abuse will be acknowledged within 24 hours.

Call 999 if it's an emergency or you're in immediate danger.

Office for National Statistics report

In May 2018, the Office for National Statistics published a report compromised of three years of data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales, to help develop insight into those who are more at risk of experiencing domestic abuse.

The report found that women living in social housing (11.1%) were nearly three times as likely to have experienced partner abuse, than women who were owner occupiers (4.1%).

It also found that bisexual women were nearly twice as likely to have experienced partner abuse than heterosexual women (10.9% compared with 6.0%). Women who identified with mixed/multiple ethnicities were more likely to have experienced partner abuse (10.1%) than any other ethnic group. To view the full report, click here.

Call us in confidence

If you are suffering from domestic abuse and would like to speak to a neighbourhood manager in confidence, call us on 01225 715 715.

Always call 999 if it's an emergency or you're in immediate danger.

Other organisations who can help

National Centre for Domestic Violence
Call 08009 702 070
Text 'NCDV' to 60777
Online referral:
Website:click here.

SPLITZ Support Service
Call 01225 775 276
Website:click here.

Victim Support Wiltshire
Call 01380 729 476
Website:click here.

Women's Aid
Call 08082 000 247
Website: click here

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