DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
Domestic and sexual violence and abuse (DSVA) can happen to anyone regardless of gender, race, age or sexuality. The impact of living with violence and abuse can be devastating, and its effect are far reaching, impacting on victims, children, families, friends and ultimately on local communities.
Safer Devon is committed to ending DSVA in Devon, and aims to do this through educating and empowering indiviuals, families, communities and organisations across the county.
In Devon, there is plenty of help, support and advice available. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic and sexual violence and abuse or if you need help to change your behaviour, further information can be found here.
If you are in immediate danger call 999 now
For independent confidential advice call:
Devon Domestic Abuse Support Services
0345 155 1074
Rape Crisis Helpline
0808 802 999
SAFE – Stop Abuse For Everyone
030 30 30 0112
NDADA – North Devon Against Domestic Abuse
01271 321 946
Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
The Devon Approach
In Devon, Devon County Council works in partnership with numerous agencies to protect and support people who are affected by DSVA. The principle of this approach can be found below:
We are led by real lives
We listen, believe and act on the voices of people in Devon who have experienced DSVA and put them at the heart of everything we do.
We work to end the perpetration of DSVA
We challenge attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that underpin and perpetuate DSVA and work to prevent DSVA now and in future generations.
We hold abusive behaviour to account
DSVA is unacceptable. We disrupt and hold abusive behaviour to account, with the safety and wellbeing of victims at the centre of our response.
We work in partnership
It is everyone’s responsibility to end DSVA. We work together to make this a reality.
We work with the most marginalised
We recognise that those who are most marginalised by our society are often those who are most at risk of DSVA. We work together to tackle its root causes and harmful consequences.
We make every contact count
We always look for the causes beyond the presenting issues and ensure that ‘no door is the wrong door’ for anyone accessing support.
We develop consistent, trusted relationships
We spend time developing consistent, non-judgmental and trusted relationships and empower professionals to respond in the right way at the right time.
We value people
Everyone has strength and resilience. We support people and communities to find an approach which is right for them.
We give permission
We give permission to identify and challenge behaviours, practices and attitudes that perpetuate DSVA.
We promote healthy relationships
We model and promote healthy, positive and respectful relationships.
WHO CAN I SPEAK TO?
Devon & Cornwall Police
Emergency telephone: 999
Non-emergency telephone: 101*
Deaf/hard of hearing or speech impaired
Emergency SMS/Text: 999 To register your mobile for the emergency text 999 service please follow this link Emergency SMS
Minicom/textphone number: 18000
Non-emergency SMS/Text: 67101
Minicom/textphone number: 18001
You can view and download campaign materials on domestic and sexual violence and abuse here.