Far Far Away, Beyond the Word Mountains

Domestic violence and abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those who been or are intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. Family members could be defined as mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister and grandparents – whether directly or indirectly related, in-laws or step family.
Violence can be psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional but is not limited to only these.

Abuse can sometimes be in the form of ‘honour’ based violence female genital mutilation FGM) and forced marriage. Victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

The behaviour is often gradual but it is rarely confined to a one-off incident and often grows more frequent and severe over time and can include the following behaviours:

• Control: 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 for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
• Coercion: 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.
• Threats: these can include keeping the individual away from their children or family, blackmailing by threatening to report the person to social services or making a malicious complaint or making them then believe that if they do not confirm they will be beaten/physically hurt.

Support for victims of domestic violence

Staff members have received training to help deal with any incidents of domestic violence to students or staff. . If you are a concerned friend or relative please contact the Domestic Violence Single Point of Contact and or the Designated Safeguarding Lead if this is not the same person and record the concerns in CPOMS.

There is also a wealth of information and advice available for anyone thinking about leaving a situation of domestic abuse or contacting the police. The following are services that are available for victims and their families.

Advice and support services

• Victim Support Waltham Forest: 020 8550 2807
• Kiran (families with children): 020 8558 1986
• Haven The Survivors Network Waltham Forest (sexual abuse): 020 8539 4157
• Ashiana Network (single and young people experiencing Domestic Violence and Abuse or those fleeing forced marriage): 020 8539 0427
• Honour Network (helpline for forced marriage): 0800 599 9247
• Stay Safe East: 020 8519 7241 Text phone: 07587 134 122
• Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151
• 24 hour national Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 200 0247
• Police Sapphire Unit (sexual abuse): 020 8345 3274/3276
• Women's Aid Domestic Violence Survivors Handbook (PDF)

LGB&T and Same sex abuse support

• Broken Rainbow: Helpline service for lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence. Broken Rainbow's helpline number is: 0300 999 LGB& T (5428). (All 0300 calls are the same price to ring as 01/02 landlines and included as part of any inclusive call minutes). Opening hours for the helpline are: Monday 2pm-8pm, Wednesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 2pm-8pm.
• Galop, 020 7704 2040
• ROAR 020 7354 6312
• Police Community Safety Unit – to report all domestic violence call 020 8345 3042
In an emergency call 999

Counselling services

Guidance and advice services for domestic violence, sexual violence and domestic violence substance misuse.

ELOP – East London Out Project
Counselling for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents of Waltham Forest experiencing domestic violence
Tel 020 8509 3898

Haven the Survivors Network Waltham Forest
Counselling for men and women experiencing domestic violence and sexual violence
Tel 020 8539 4157

Imece Newington Green
Counselling for Turkish speaking refugee and asylum seeking women
Tel 020 7354 1359

Qalb Centre
Counselling for men and women with substance misuse
Tel 020 8521 5223

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