As well as physical violence or assault on a spouse or partner, domestic abuse is repeated behaviour which can include controlling what you do, who you see, what you read and where you go. It can also be verbal abuse, harassment, stalking and/or sexual assault (this list is not exhaustive – a full definition of domestic abuse and sexual violence is on the Home Office website).
Nationally, the overarching aim is for all agencies and the police to work in partnership to take preventative measures, protect and provide support for victims of domestic abuse and for those of sexual violence.
In Norfolk, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Coordinator Ian Sturgess plays a key role in coordinating this partnership activity locally, as well as monitoring projects and services commissioned by the PCC to ensure desired outcomes are being achieved.
The desired outcomes of commissioned activity include:
Based on a Needs Assessment for Norfolk, the following commissioning intentions have been agreed in order to meet these outcomes:
Full details of the size of grant and the source of the funding, along with associated timescales, are available in the PCC’s Commissioning Intentions Table for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (PDF, 134.2 KB).
Report abuse to Norfolk Police on 101. In an emergency, call 999
National Domestic Abuse & Refuge Helpline – 0808 2000 247
Sexual Assault Referral Centre – 0845 456 4810
Male Advice Line – 0808 801 0327
Sue Lambert Trust – support for survivors of sexual abuse – 01603 622406 9am -5pm Monday to Friday
Telephone Helpline 0808 808 4121 Mondays 6-8pm and Fridays 12 noon – 2pm
41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales on the 15 November 2012. When the elected PCCs took office on the 22 November 2012 they became responsible for a combined budget of £8 billion.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. Their role is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account, effectively making them answerable to the communities they serve.