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Spotting the Signs of Domestic Abuse

Spotting the Signs of Domestic Abuse

It's day two of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence and today we want to help people spot the signs of domestic abuse.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is of any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those over 16 who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. More »

For many years the term domestic violence was used to describe assaults. However, the word 'violence' creates a narrow idea of the type of behaviour that victims may suffer – and make people incorrectly think that they are not able to seek help.

We now talk about domestic abuse, and this can include, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional
Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. It also includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.

What do you see?

It's not easy to spot the signs, but here are 10 things you might notice in a friend, relative or neighbour which could indicate that they are suffering domestic abuse:

  1. Injuries- they may have physical injuries such as cuts or bruising, but may say they are self-inflicted or accidental.
  2. Stress- a victim could be suffering from symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression. They may suffer panic attacks, feel isolated or even have thoughts about suicide.
  3. Absent at work- they may often be late for work, be off sick on a regular basis or take time off without giving much notice.
  4. Personality- a victim may change their personality when around their partner, or appear more nervous or uneasy when they are around.
  5. Self-esteem- they may appear to have a low-self esteem or self-confidence, particularly around their relationship or life as a whole.
  6. Money- a victim may not seem to have any money, or access to money. A partner could be using it as a form of control.
  7. Socialising- they may stop socialising, regularly make excuses to not go out with friends or cancel plans at the last minute.
  8. Irrational behaviour- a victim's partner may be jealous, aggressive or possessive. They may read their messages, emails, social media and have the victim's passwords. They may also be constantly calling or messaging the victim to check up on them.
  9. Substance abuse- they may use alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs to help them cope with the abuse.
  10. Damage - there may be damage or repairs needed at the home or property of a victim, which could have been caused as part of the abuse they are suffering.
If you're being abused, are concerned about someone, or are worried you may commit domestic abuse, please seek help, either from the police or from support organisations.

You can report it online here, www.derbyshire.police.uk/reportdomesticabuse or by calling 101 if you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 18001 101.

On social media, you can also contact us through Facebook, send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary or direct message our contact centre on Twitter, @DerPolContact.

Remember, in an emergency which is ongoing, or where life is in danger, call 999 immediately. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you've pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

There are also partner support services local to Derbyshire who can help you. You can find their details on our website here: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-helplines/

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Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 12:14 by Stephanie Lloyd

E Bike Trial Helps Urban and Rural Cops Keep Their Communities Safe

E Bike Trial Helps Urban and Rural Cops Keep Their Communities Safe

A pair of e-bikes are helping keep urban and rural communities in Derbyshire safe.

The two Raleigh Centros Tour bikes have been loaned by the Nottingham-based company to the force to help provide a wider range of response by officers and also help drive down emissions.

Based in the High Peak and Derby city centre the bikes have been put to the test in both the rural and urban locations. More »

PCSO Will Brockett put his bike to the test in the north of the county, he said: "My patrol takes me to some of the most picturesque areas our county has to offer.

"But those views often come at the end of a hell of a climb – but with the e-bike that work is made much easier.

"The other day I covered 31 miles whilst on patrol and the bike made a huge difference."

Nearly 50 miles south, in Derby city centre, the bikes have been pounding the pavement in the hands of the city safer neighbourhood team.

PCSO Supervisor Matthew Thurman, said: "Derby has a spread-out city centre with large parts pedestrianised in the centre – but with the bike, this is much easier to get around.

"It's also a much friendlier way of meeting members of the community and being able to stop and chat without being too out of breath is a nice change!

"The bikes have an impressive turn of pace and have been a fantastic addition to our policing response in the city."

Commercial Partnerships Manager at Raleigh UK, Ed Pegram, said: "We are delighted to support Derbyshire Police with the loan of electric bikes, they offer cost-effective zero-emission transport for police officers covering much greater distances with ease.

"Our bikes can cover up to 100km on a single charge of the battery, offering a more sustainable form of transport for shorter journeys."

Chief Inspector John Tanner, said: "As a force, we are always looking for new ways in which we can keep our communities safe.

"We are all aware of the huge benefits of cycling – and e-bikes like this offer a brilliant balance of quick and efficient transport, whether in the city or countryside and on top of this help the force move towards a greener future."

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Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:19 by Stephanie Lloyd

Live Domestic Abuse Question and Answer Session Tomorrow To Help Launch Campaign

Live Domestic Abuse Question and Answer Session Tomorrow To Help Launch Campaign

Tomorrow we are hosting another live Q&A session to give people the chance to talk and ask questions about domestic abuse.

It's as we join in with the nationwide '16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence' which starts with
the annual White Ribbon Day.

Many people and organisations take part in the White Ribbon movement across the globe. It aims to end male violence against women. White Ribbon, a leading charity, encourages all men to wear a white ribbon and make the promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. More »

You can ask any questions you have around domestic abuse during our live event. They can be asked anonymously or privately, and they will be answered by specialist officers from our Domestic Abuse Unit, and our partners from the Elm Foundation.

The session will take place between 10am and 12 noon tomorrow morning (Wednesday 25 November). To join in and take part, go to https://www.sli.do/ and enter the event code #YouAreNotAlone.

In the meantime, if you have any concerns about Domestic Abuse, you can contact us in the following ways:

• Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
• Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
• Website – complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
• Phone – call us on 101.

If you are concerned that your internet activity may be tracked then you can find out how to browse more safely here: https://www.reducingtherisk.org.uk/cms/content/internet-safety

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Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2020 13:00 by Stephanie Lloyd