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Domestic abuse and sexual violence - help and support

Get help with domestic abuse

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Support during the coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak

The effect of the public health coronavirus crisis means that we are having to stay in our homes so life has drastically changed for all of us. However staying in our homes day by day can cause stress and anxiety for those who are at risk of domestic abuse.

If you are at risk of domestic abuse there is help and support available to you. For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help. Please don't suffer alone.

Call 999 in an emergency

For organisations that can help please see our Domestic abuse - get help page.

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If you feel threatened or in danger at any time call 999 immediately.

Survivor Handbook

To find out more about domestic abuse or how to get support, Women’s Aid offers a Survivor Handbook in a range of different languages for those seeking advice and guidance:

What you can do

If you feel you are in a situation of domestic abuse, please contact the Family Information Service on 01753 476589 or email FIS@slough.gov.uk for help and signposting to local and national services.

If you are not in immediate danger but would like support for domestic abuse you can call the police on 101 or contact the council’s Housing Team on 01753 475111 or, your GP, your local children’s centre, your health visitor, your pastoral lead at your school, district nurse, housing officer or any other key worker who will assess your situation and help you plan your next steps. It is important that you tell somebody you trust who can help get the support you need.

Karma Nirvana is a British Human Rights Charity which supports all victims of ‘so called’ honour based abuse and forced marriage. They can be reached via telephone on 0800 5999 247 or via email or post through their website.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website is easy to access on your mobile. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline Free 24 hour Helpline on 0808 2000 247 also offers telephone translation services for callers whose first language is not English and BT Type Talk for callers with hearing difficulties. This helpline provides support and the opportunity to access refuge services.

If you require free, fast injunction services please call the National Centre for Domestic Violence on 0800 970 2070 or visit their website for further details.

Children affected by domestic abuse may suffer long term psychological effects and may require specialist support. If you suspect a child is suffering with domestic abuse this should be immediately reported to Slough Children’s Trust or 01753 875362.

Further information can be found on the NSPCC website including tools and guidance for parents and families.

Contact Hestia

For help and support, Hestia will be providing a specialist domestic abuse service in Slough, including outreach support for individuals across East Berkshire. This service will provide practical and emotional support to women, men and children who are victims of domestic abuse via:

  • adult 16+ Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service (IDVA)
  • outreach support (including specialist provision for BAMER groups)
  • group-based support.

Hestia opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm. You can email Slough.IDVA@hestia.org or call 01753 477352.

If you feel threatened or in danger at any time call 999 immediately.

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