Find further information about how to protect yourself, members of your family, friends or neighbours from being victims of abuse.
If you are a victim of Domestic Abuse (Domestic Violence) go to a safe place and ring 101 our operators will handle your call with compassion and care - Break the cycle.
If you know someone who is suffering and need help ask them to call us on 101 and we will help them.
There is a lot of information on our dedicated webpage along with telephone numbers of people who can help and support you [Domestic Abuse]
Child Sexual Exploitation
Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse where young people are forced or manipulated into sexual activity. The abuser may groom the young person into trusting them – this can be done face-to-face or online – they then exploit this trust for their own gain. Child sexual exploitation can take many forms and victims and criminals can be from any social or ethnic background.
Sometimes criminals may get the young person to engage in sexual activity by giving them attention, treats, alcohol, drugs or a place to stay; sometimes they may manipulate the young person into believing they are in a consensual relationship and that they love them. Either way, the young person is being taken advantage of through this controlling behaviour. It is child abuse and the victims face huge risks to their physical,emotional and psychological health. [Find out more]
Protecting the elderly in their homes
Frequently our older residents report that they have had cold-callers and door step sellers and they have felt intimidated or threatened.
There are many different types of doorstep scams, some of the most common ones include:
- Rogue traders: A cold-caller may offer you a service you don’t really need. They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work or improvement, such as the roof, and offer to fix it for cash or an inflated price.
- Bogus officials: People claim to be from your utility company as a way of gaining access to your home. Always check the ID of any official, and if they're genuine they won't mind waiting while you check.
- Fake charity collections: A fraudster may pretend they're from a charity and ask you to donate money, clothes or household goods. Legitimate charities will all have a charity number that can be checked on the Charity Commission website.
- Made-up consumer surveys: Some scammers ask you to complete a survey so they can get hold of your personal details, or use it as a cover for persuading you to buy something you don’t want or need.
- Hard luck stories: Someone may come to your door and ask you to help them out with cash, ask to use your telephone or claim they're feeling unwell. The story is made up and intended to con you out of your money or gain access to your home.
Our advice would be not to answer the door to anyone you don't know or who cannot provide valid ID.
Don't buy goods from door step sellers, the quality of the goods cannot be guaranteed and if there is a problem with the item you have no comeback or way to return items.
Age Uk have some very good advice about doorstep sellers on the following link [AGE UK Advice]
Any incident where a person is targeted because of who they are is a hate crime. Whether the attack is verbal or physical, or targeted at a person or property, it is illegal and should be reported.
Whether it is you or someone you know that has been targeted, or you witness a hate crime taking place, call 101 or fill out the form on the site. In an emergency, please call 999. [Find out more]
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. FGM is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is also sometimes known as female circumcision or‘sunna’ [Find out more]
The definition of a Force marriage is "A marriage conducted without the valid consent of one or both parties, where duress is a factor".
Some forms of bullying are illegal and should be reported to the police, these include violence or assault, repeated harassment or intimidation, theft and hate crimes. Call 101 to report these matters, or if you are at immediate risk dial 999 and ask for the police.
Other forms of bullying are not police matters, but there are many charities and organisations that are there to help and support you. [Find out more]
Slavery is an umbrella term for activities involved when one person obtains or holds another person in compelled service. [Find out more]