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What is Sexual Violence?

A sexual assault is any sexual act that a person did not consent to, or is forced into against their will. It is a form of sexual violence and includes rape (an assault involving penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth with a penis), or other sexual offences, such as groping, forced kissing or child […]

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Digital abuse & stalking

Technology is a wonderful tool for finding out information, advice and building social networks. However, it can also be used to abuse. Digital abuse can include: Monitoring your social media or emails, Sending abusive or threatening messages Using GPS locators or spyware Intimate image abuse There are a number of steps you can take to […]

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Occupation order

You can apply for an occupation order if you’re a victim of domestic violence and meet the requirements. The order will say who can live in the family home or enter the surrounding area. You can apply if: you own or rent the home and it is, was, or was intended to be shared with […]

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How to stay safe

There are steps you can take to help keep yourself (and your children) safe. IN AN EMERGENCY, ALWAYS CALL THE POLICE ON 999. Tell someone you trust about the situation. Ask them to keep an eye on you. Decide a safe word or phrase you can use (spoken, text or sign) to let them know […]

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What is Domestic Abuse?

Safer Futures defines domestic abuse as an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member. It is very common. Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following: Coercive […]

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Abusive relationship?

Everyone has arguments and disagreements with their partners, family members and others close to them from time to time. We all do things at times we regret which can cause unhappiness to those we care about. But if this begins to form a consistent pattern, then it is an indication of domestic abuse. Do you […]

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Refuge for pets

When considering escaping a domestic abuse situation, you may have concerns regarding your pets.  In the South West, there is a charity called Refuge4Pets which provides a pet fostering service so that individuals and families can escape violent and abusive relationships, to access the safety and support that they need, before being reunited with their much loved […]

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Refuge information

What is a refuge? A refuge is a safe house where people and children who are experiencing domestic abuse can stay free from fear. Refuge addresses (and sometimes telephone numbers) are confidential. There are over 500 refuge and support services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Who can go into a refuge? Any person who needs […]

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Emergency housing

If you have nowhere else to go that is safe, this includes staying with family or friends then you can present yourself as homeless. To do this you need to go in person to your local Information Service and make a homelessness application. Cornwall Council are the statutory organisation to support people and their housing […]

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Sanctuary Scheme

The Sanctuary Scheme provides victims of domestic abuse a way to stay safe in their own home. The scheme provides victims with improved home security. If you are interested in the scheme please read this leaflet.

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