Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence
Don't suffer in silence...
If you are a victim of domestic abuse and violence, or know someone who is, there is help available. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is staffed by trained workers who can offer you support, safety planning, information and advice. The staff are skilled in active listening, will not make judgements and will treat you with respect, as well as offering practical and emotional support and information.
West Mercia Women's Aid Helpline 24 hours a day on 0800 980 3331
Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday - Friday 9am-5pm)
In an emergency always dial 999
This website also offers help and guidance for Women, Men and Children who are or have experienced domestic abuse.
New Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs)
Powerful new orders have coming into force which will enable police forces to better protect victims of stalking.
New Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) will allow courts in England and Wales to move quicker to ban stalkers from contacting victims or visiting their home, place of work or study. This will grant victims more time to recover from their ordeal.
In addition to banning perpetrators from approaching or contacting their victims, SPOs can also force stalkers to seek professional help.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, almost one in five women over the age of 16 have experienced stalking, as well as almost one in ten men.
The Orders will usually last for a minimum of 2 years, with a breach counting as a criminal offence that can result in up to 5 years in prison.
Alongside the introduction of Stalking Protection Orders, the Home Office also helps fund the National Stalking Helpline, run by the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. The Home Office has provided £4.1 million over the last 3 years to the Metropolitan, Hampshire and Cheshire police forces as part of the Multi Agency Stalking Intervention Programme, which provides interventions with stalking perpetrators.
The Alice Ruggles Trust is also working hard to make stalking victims more aware of the dangers they face and to come to the police earlier than many do at present. Further information regarding the Alice Ruggles Trust and Suzy Lamplugh Trust can be found via the links below:
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