At Viridian we have campaign called No Homes for Domestic Abuse; this means we take domestic abuse very seriously. We know that in the UK 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lives, and we are working to help stop this.
The UK government's definition of domestic violence is 'any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over, who are, or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
The abuse can take different forms including
If you feel threatened or afraid of someone in your home, or have concerns that another resident is experiencing domestic abuse, please let us know. We are here to help.
You can do this online or call us on 0330 123 0220.
Remember, if you or someone else or in immediate danger call 999
There are lots of organisations offering advice and support including:
Advice Line (male worker may answer): 020 7359 5767
Office: 020 7359 6242
Helpline (male worker may answer): 0845 260 4460
Men’s Advice Line
Freephone helpline number: 0808 801 0327
Monday - Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
www.respect.uk.net offer help for people who want to change their behaviour and end violence and abuse toward their families.
If you are interested in changing your behaviour and/or want to find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
All enquiries will be treated in confidence and we will never share information without informing you first.
‘S’ was in an abusive relationship with her partner for over 10 years.
‘’He was always very controlling, telling me what to wear, who to talk to but it didn’t start off violent. He would turn up at my workplace with flowers, always FaceTime me and buy me clothes that he said suited me. Then I got pregnant and he started to say I shouldn’t work or go out…"
"I didn’t really have any friends or family nearby so I never argued. Then when our baby was one month old, he kicked me because I said I was thinking about going back to work – from then the abuse just got worse. I thought I would never be able to leave but Viridian have helped me to keep myself and my son safe, they have organised the police injunction, us moving – even when I have had my wobbly moments. Now instead of looking over my shoulder all the time, I am looking forward to the future with my son’’
‘’I was embarrassed at first because I am a man and men are not supposed to be afraid or get beaten by women. My partner had many problems and she would take them out on me and our young child. Once she threw a chair through the window of his bedroom and there was glass all over his bed and floor."
"I knew then I needed to get some help. Viridian were very discreet and treated me with respect. They helped me to understand that this was domestic abuse and then they worked with my family to get us to safety. I cannot thank them enough.’’