Domestic Violence – Service update
If you are experiencing any kind of abuse help is out there. You are not alone!
EDA can support those disabled people who experience abuse by referring you to other specialist agencies who may be able to help.
We know that disabled people can face many barriers to accessing support and to getting help with dealing with abuse. These barriers may also be linked to your gender, ethnicity, or sexuality.
We can provide limited one-to-one advocacy that can help you to get the support you need and have your voice heard!
If you are in danger contact the police on 999, if you are deaf or without speech, you can contact 999 by SMS text. To register, text ‘Register’ to 999. When you get a reply, follow the instructions.
• Disabled people experience twice the rate of domestic abuse than non-disabled people
• More than 1 in 3 people with mental health problems have experienced domestic abuse
Domestic Violence Project
EDA in partnership with Enfield Women’s Centre, Enfield CAB and Enfield LGBT Network received a small amount of funding from The Majors Office of Crime and Policing to raise awareness of domestic abuse and disability and to provide support to disabled people who are or who have experienced domestic abuse. We provide information sessions to groups are developing workshops.
The project is also working with Enfield Saheli, Solace Women’s Aid, Stay Safe East and many other partners to work on improving access to services ensuring that disabled peoples voices are heard when decisions are made about domestic violence policy and practice.
If you would like us to come and talk to your group or you would like to work with us in any way please contact Lani Parker on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8373 6330.
What is domestic violence?
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over. These adults must be or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
Domestic abuse can be:
• Psychological and Emotional
The behaviour is often gradual but it is rarely confined to a one-off incident and often grows more frequent and severe over time and can include the following behaviours:
Where can I get support?
There are many specialist agencies that can give you confidential advice
• The national domestic violence helpline – 0808 2000 247
• Rape Crisis England and Wales – 0808 802 9999
• National LGBT domestic violence helpline – 0300 999 5428
• Women and girls network, London – 0808 801 0660
• Deaf Hope – email email@example.com
• Enfield Saheli – 020 8373 6218
• Enfield Disability Action – 020 8373 6223
• Forced Marriage Unit Helpline – 020 7008 0151
• Enfield Women’s Centre – 020 8443 1902 or contact via email link here
• Men’s advice line provide services for men experiencing domestic violence – 0808 801 0327
Organisations that provide specific support for people experiencing domestic violence who have questions about their immigration status:
• Rights for women – 020 7490 7689 (telephone) or 020 7490 2562 (textphone)
• Refugee Action – 020 7654 7700
• Refugee Womens Association – 020 7923 2412
• Refugee Council – 020 7346 6700
• Asylum Aid – 020 7354 9264 / Mondays 2pm-4:30pm and Thursday 10am-12:30pm.
I want to know more about Disability and domestic abuse! – Resources
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On the 5th December we hosted “why don’t you just leave?” an event to raise awareness of the issues of disability and domestic violence as part of marking The International Day of Disabled People and The Week of Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls. Disabled people in England and Wales are subjected to twice the rate of sexual assault, domestic abuse and stalking than non disabled people. People experiencing mental distress especially tend to experience high rates of domestic abuse.