Where to turn to for help and support if you are a victim of Domestic Violence or Hate Crime.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and abuse you do not need to suffer in silence. There are places you can contact for free confidential help and advice.
There are 20 Domestic Violence Liaison Officers working across Lancashire situated in the main police stations. The main police station for Rossendale is Burnley – telephone 01282 472107.
Victims of reported cases are contacted by letter, telephone or personally, after an assessment or response has been made. The officers are also there to advise victims of other networks and support services available, consider the provision of alarms and phones, assist with transport eg. to refuges, property retrieval and assist in court matters.
You can also contact the Rossendale Domestic Violence Forum, (RDVF): Debra Molyneaux, Project Manager, PO Box 33, Rawtenstall, Telephone 01706 830600
There is also a 24 hour helpline run in partnership with Women’s Aid and Refuge 0808 2000 247.
Men Suffering Domestic Abuse
It is important to recognise that men can also experience domestic abuse. If you are affected, the following support services can offer help:
Men Experiencing Domestic Abuse – 0808 801 0327 – www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Victim Support Male Helpline 0800 328 3623.
The Mankind Initiative Tel. 01823 334244
Community Safety Partnership –Rossendale
The partnership is made up of representatives from Rossendale Borough Council, Lancashire police, Lancashire county Council, Probation service, NHS East Lancashire, Lancashire fire and rescue service and other partner statutory and voluntary agencies. They are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy their homes and neighbourhoods safely and peacefully.
You can contact them on 01706 252542
Hate Crime is any incident motivated by the offender’s dislike of your race, faith, gender, disability, sexual orientation or age. It is taken very seriously by local Police who have a dedicated Hate Crime and Diversity Unit which helps investigate incidents and provide support to victims of hate crime.
If you have experienced hate crime you can report it. This can be done in a number of ways:
- Call Lancashire Police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999
- Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
- In person at your local police station
- On line through True Vision using the facility on their website at http://report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime