Victims of domestic violence urged to seek support
Victims of domestic violence in Leeds are being urged to not suffer in silence and take steps to access a wide range of support services available in the city.
Working with a range of partners, including West Yorkshire Police and the NHS, Leeds City Council’s Safer Leeds Partnership is providing help in a number of ways to tackle domestic violence, support victims and work with previous offenders.
Available 24 hours a day, the Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS) phone line offers confidential support and advice from trained staff for all victims of abuse aged 16 or older.
Callers can be guaranteed they will be listened to and treated with dignity and respect and can be offered access to further services depending on their needs. This could include being provided with a number to call for additional help or being signposted for face to face support. Depending on personal circumstances, a place in a refuge may also be offered but at no time will pressure be put on any caller to leave their partner or home if they are unsure or do not want to.
The Leeds Domestic Violence Service can be contacted on: (0113) 246 0401.
Also available are a number of drop in-sessions, which are held three times a week at venues in the city centre. Funded by the NHS and delivered by Leeds Women Aid, a wide range of advice, support and signposting to specialist services is available. For more details, please ring LDVS: 0113 246 0401 or 07776 228196.
The Safer Leeds Partnership is also responsible for overseeing enquiries which are made as part of new legislation entitled ‘Clare’s Law’, which enables people to ask police if their partner has a history of domestic violence. The partnership uses a multi-agency approach to respond to women and/or their relatives who enquire about the past domestic violence offences if they are concerned the person may cause harm to a partner.
Six Clare’s Law applications have, to date, been discussed since February 2014 by the partnership, and as part of this work, a pro-active approach has been taken to inform partners about previous offences as well as offering support. Details and further information around Clare’s Law can be requested at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 0113 241 4180.
An innovative new pilot project working with men to improve their relationships with their children and partners and reduce their risk at home has also been launched in three areas of Leeds. This is a 17-week programme called ‘Caring Dads’. To find out more, please contact the Caring Dads team on: 0113 395 1377.
Councillor Mick Coulson, Leeds City Council’s lead member for community safety said:“We would urge anyone who is experiencing domestic violence to please seek support from the wide range of services available in Leeds.
“Nobody should have to suffer in silence, and we would like to reassure anyone who is thinking of contacting us that out trained staff will always listen, never judge and offer the best practical advice and support.
“We are working with dads on a pilot project to improve relationships with their children and reduce abuse to partners and I would urge anyone who would like to find out more to please contact our Caring Dads team.”
For further help and advice, there are also the following national numbers to call:
Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 (for women)
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 (for men)
Jewish Women’s Aid 0808 801 0500 (for Jewish women)
Broken Rainbow 0300 999 5428 (LGBT on the keypad – for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people)
In any emergency, please ring West Yorkshire Police on 999, or for further help and advice call 101.
For media enquiries, please contact
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578