Section 4 - Services and interventions for people affected by domestic abuse
Domestic abuse support services are available in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, delivering specialist provision to individuals and families affected by domestic abuse.
The Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Board website hosts up to date information and contact details for local domestic abuse and sexual violence/abuse helplines.
Specialist helplines provide a helpline starting point for information, support and onward referral. These services can be accessed by victims/survivors, professionals and third parties, who are concerned about someone at risk from domestic abuse.
Domestic Abuse Helplines can put victims and survivors with local services, which can offer information, support and help staying safe. Services for individuals and family members affected by domestic abuse include:
- Information on the options available
- Access to crisis accommodation (including refuge for victims and their children)
- Creating safety plans and undertaking risk assessments
- Supporting clients to give evidence in court, including special measures to conceal clients in court so they don't have to face their abuser
- Liaising with social workers on child protection issues
- Providing emotional support and referring victims to counselling or mental health services
- Information about accessing local programmes for people using violence and abuse within their relationships
- Support for child witnesses of domestic abuse
- Group support and programmes, including programmes for families
- Helping clients to increase security in their property so that they can continue to live safely at home
- Access to solicitors surgeries
- Access to civil and criminal remedies and support in court
- Support through the MARAC
- Services to support survivors of domestic abuse and their families to move forward and re-build their lives, including access to training, employment and onward accommodation.