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Support and advice:

Torbay

Are you anxious about self-isolating because of COVID-19?

Is the thought of having to spend more time at home because of COVID-19 causing you anxiety?

This could be for any number of reasons. One might be because spending longer periods of time together can often create extra tension in families, but even more so when you are living with domestic abuse at home. Another reason might simply be that you have more time to sit and think about things that have happened to you, whenever they might have happened. In spite of the current situation, there are resources that you can continue to access online and by telephone for support and advice. More information is available on the Torbay Community Helpline poster.

Visit Torbay’s areyouok? website for more details of local options at this difficult time.

If you feel able to look at online learning- try Eat That Frog (please don’t really eat frogs).

Domestic abuse information and advice that’s relevant throughout England and Wales can be accessed through the links on this site.

Below you will find additional information that’s specifically relevant to Torbay.

Domestic abuse and sexual violence have been identified as a priority and of concern by Torbay’s Health and Wellbeing Board, Community Safety Partnership’s Stronger Board, Safeguarding Adults Board and Torbay Safeguarding Children Board. All local agencies have a vital part to play in supporting victims, bringing perpetrators to account and raising awareness.

Torbay experiences higher than average volumes of domestic abuse than other areas with a similar profile. It is estimated that in 2016 / 17 there were 2597 female victims of domestic abuse and 1437 male victims in Torbay, and local analysis shows that between 30% and 40% of Children’s Social Care activity is related to domestic abuse. Data recorded by Torbay Domestic Abuse Service shows increasing numbers of victims presenting with complex needs including drug and alcohol misuse, mental ill health, financial difficulties and experiencing social isolation.

Torbay Domestic Abuse Service

Outcome focused domestic abuse service for high and medium risk victims, survivors and members of their household including children.  The service will enable people to make informed choices about their safety, health, housing and other identified individual needs.  Support is confidential and non-judgemental, regardless of whether people wish to leave a relationship, stay or have left.

Website: www.sanctuary-supported-living.co.uk/find-services/domestic-abuse/devon/torbay-domestic-abuse-service-tdas
Phone: 01803 698869

Are you OK?

Website offering help and support for men, women and children in Torbay who need protection from domestic abuse and or sexual violence, funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.

Website: www.areyouok.co.uk

Torbay Family Information Service (FIS) Directory

Provides information for families and people working with them in Torbay.

Website: www.fis.torbay.gov.uk/kb5/torbay/fsd/home.page

Victim Care Devon and Cornwall

Victim Care Devon and Cornwall is a resource where people can find advice, support and signposting to services if they have been the victim of crime, including domestic abuse and sexual violence.  The website also provides advice and information on various topics. The site has access to a 24/7  webchat facility, run by the charity Victim Support, where people can access online emotional and practical support and advice.

Website: www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk
Phone: 01392 475900

Social workers’ toolbox

Free social work tools and resources for direct work with children and adults; includes many domestic abuse resources.

Website: www.socialworkerstoolbox.com/category/domestic-abuse

Torbay Safeguarding Children Board

Sets thresholds for different levels of safeguarding needs and support, including a new Interactive Threshold Tool to identify the appropriate level of response.

Website: www.torbaysafeguarding.org.uk/toolkit

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services

Offers confidential, professional support to survivors (women aged 13 and over and young men aged 13-25) of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse over the phone, via email or face-to-face.

Website: www.devonrapecrisis.org.uk
Helpline: 01392 204174
Phone: 01392 208756 (for professional enquiries)

The Oak Centre

Sexual assault referral centre, offering non-judgemental assistance and support for men and women and children of any age who have experienced rape and/or sexual assault. The Oak Centre works closely with Devon and Cornwall Police to support clients who have reported to the police, but clients who are over 18 can refer themselves to the service without involving the police. Alternatively, other professionals can refer clients to the service.

Website: www.sarchelp.co.uk

Intercom Trust

A charity supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the South West, including support to victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

Website: www.intercomtrust.org.uk
Phone: 0800 612 3010

Police

You can contact a specially trained Domestic Abuse Officer within Devon and Cornwall Police who can give you advice and guidance around what would happen if you reported an incident or incidents of domestic abuse or sexual violence. They will provide advice, whether or not you wish to make a formal report. Devon & Cornwall police have a useful information leaflet regarding Clare’s Law.

Website: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/threat-assault-abuse/domestic-abuse/reporting-domestic-abuse
DA Phone: 01803 698869
Non-emergency contact: 101 (or use the 101 online form

Standing Tall Against Domestic Abuse in Torbay

A wide range of local organisations from the Torbay Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Community Partnership have just launched their new support service Standing Tall Torbay.

Community groups including Whats Your Problem CIC, Torbay Ladies Lounge, Rising Moments and Devon Clinic CIC are working together in partnership with Healthwatch, Safer Communities and Torbay Community Development Trust to provide vital support services for families affected by Domestic Abuse in the Bay.

The partners believe that by working collaboratively we can be more effective and offer a range of different support services tailored to the needs of residents. This also means that people who need help only need to ask once in order to access a range of different specialised support.”

Resources from Are You OK?

The following videos have been released from Are You OK? For more information, use the following links:

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