Domestic abuse can take many forms, and should never be tolerated.
Ocean Housing takes its responsibilities seriously in safeguarding the independence, safety and wellbeing of all tenants.
We believe that nobody should live in fear of domestic abuse and will take steps to identify, assist and support any customer in this situation.
What is Domestic Abuse?
If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself.
Anybody can be a victim of domestic abuse – men, women or children – and likewise anybody can be a perpetrator.
It is not always about physical violence either. It can also include, but is not limited to;
- Emotional abuse.
- Sexual abuse.
- Economic abuse.
- Verbal abuse.
- Online abuse.
- Coercive control or ‘gaslighting’.
You can find out more by visiting the below websites, but if your relationship leaves you feeling scared, intimidated or controlled, it’s possible you’re in an abusive relationship.
Signs to look out for
All relationships are different. There isn’t such a thing as a ‘normal’ relationship, but there are healthy relationships and unhealthy relationships.
If you feel unsafe or recognise any of the negative signs below, take action.
- They make threats and do things just to scare me.
- They put me down just to make me feel bad when we’re alone or around friends.
- They make me do things that I don’t want to do without listening to me.
- They make me feel guilty if I don’t spend time with them.
- They don’t try to get on with my friends or family.
- They hit, slap or push me.
- They look through my phone, social media or web history.
- They want to know where I am all the time.
- They cheat on me or accuse me of cheating on them.
- They steal from me or make me buy them things.
- They make me have sex when I don’t want to
If you suspect that you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse you are encouraged to report your suspicions to the police.
We’re here if you want to talk, completely confidentially.
Ocean is committed to providing a confidential, caring and sensitive response to anyone experiencing Domestic Abuse, throughout Cornwall.
Tel 01726 874450
Send an email
Complete an online form
Coronavirus (COVID-19) -Support for victims of domestic abuse during this time
Household isolation instruction as a result of COVID-19 does NOT apply if your need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse.
Today the Home Secretary @patel4witham announced £2m in funding to boost online services and helplines for #DomesticAbuse at this vital time.
We are continuing our work to ensure anyone who is at risk or experiencing abuse gets the protection they need. #YouAreNotAlone pic.twitter.com/EUL1FkcxHo
— Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) April 11, 2020
“The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse,” said a spokesperson for the government, on April 14, 2020.
“There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.
“For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone.”
They added: “Friends, family, neighbours and community members can be a vital lifeline to those living with domestic abuse.
“If you are worried that someone you know may be a victim of domestic abuse, reassure them that the police and support services are still there to help and direct them to sources of support.
“The government supports and funds several charities who can provide advice and guidance and we are in regular contact with the charity sector and the police to ensure that these support services remain open during this challenging time.”
There are a variety of organisations and general advice centres in Cornwall and across Britain that provide a range of support for anyone experiencing domestic violence or abuse.
The links below will point you to specialist domestic violence and abuse websites and agencies which can offer intensive and specialist support and advice which many people need – (please note these pages may show in the Browsing History of your web browser)
Freephone 24 hour helpline: 0808 2000 247
Government abuse prevention campaign
(CRASAC) Counselling and support for anyone who has been raped or sexually abused, Monday & Tuesday 9 am – 5pm Wednesday, Thursday & Friday hours variable
Tel 01872 262100
Provides emotional support, practical help and information for male & female victims of domestic violence.
Tel 0845 0567999
Victim Support website
The SUsie Project
‘SUrvivors Supported Into Empowerment’ offers support groups, recovery programmes and pathways into Education and Employment.
Formerly Skoodhya and Twelves Company, First Light is an awarding-winning local charity that provides domestic abuse and sexual violence support services.
EACH is the award-winning charity for adults and young people affected by homophobia and transphobia.
Tel 0808 1000 143
Each Action website
Advice and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of domestic violence and abuse.
Tel 0800 5875247
Broken Rainbow website
(Weekdays 10am -4pm & 7pm – 9pm)
Tel 01823 334244
Mankind Initiative website
Tel 0808 801 0327
Mens’ Advice Line website
Tel 0808 800 5000
— NPCC #StayHomeSaveLives (@PoliceChiefs) April 11, 2020