Home Options: Domestic Violence Referral
The Government defines domestic violence as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality."
Birmingham City Council recognises its responsibility in ensuring a safe community to its residents and is committed to tackling domestic violence. As a demonstration of our commitment, we have along with other key partners, for example Police and Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWAID) launched a Pan-Birmingham Domestic Violence Strategy 2006-09 with the aim of bringing together the range of partners involved in tackling domestic violence.
We recognise that survivors of domestic violence/abuse may be afraid to get help and may be too scared to even speak about the problems they are having. We have developed a special service which will provide them with free and confidential advice and support. We will take into account any cultural or religious factors when dealing with survivors of domestic violence and aim to give them as much support as possible.
Who can contact us?
- Children and their families;
- The person subject to domestic violence;
- Relatives, friends, neighbours and;
- Professionals such as teachers, doctors, nurses and health visitors.
All victims of domestic violence are encouraged to report incidents to their local police on 0345 113 5000 or by calling 999 in an emergency. If outside office hours contact the Out of hours Domestic Violence Helpline on 0121 643 4800 or the Social Services Emergency Duty Team on 0121 475 4806.
Further Contact details are listed below.