It's never easy to come to terms with the fact that you may be experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Cumbria has a countywide domestic abuse service (Let go) who are available to help and advise on medium and high risk cases. If they canít support you themselves they will be able to signpost you to someone who can.
Coercion and Control
The Serious Crime Act 2015 creates a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships (section 76). This website is for social workers and other health and social care practitioners to develop their knowledge and skills in working with situations of coercive control (Research in Practice for Adults and Women's Aid). This resource was commissioned by the Chief Social Worker's Office at the Dept of Health.
Let go Domestic Abuse Service
Let go offers non-judgmental help and support to victims; whether or not you wish to end the relationship. This includes crisis intervention, advocacy, practical support, housing and safe accommodation. For free confidential information, advice and support please contact Let go.
Let go north 01228 633640
Let go south 01229 582386,
Let go west 01900 842991/842992
The police primary role is to prevent and detect crime; their overriding concern is to ensure the safety of the victim and to reduce the risk of further violence to anyone who may be present. The police will listen; provide help and immediate assistance if required.
In an emergency call 999, non emergency 101.
Victim Support provides free and confidential help to victims, witnesses their family, friends and anyone else affected by crime whether it has been reported to the Police or not and whether the crime has happened recently or in the past.
If you need our help call our Victim Support on 0300 323 0085 www.victimsupport.org.uk
Third Sector Agencies
There are also statutory and voluntary sector agencies in Cumbria who can provide counselling and therapeutic support. For details of the agencies who can offer support and links to their websites please go to the Third Sector Partner agencies section.
Churches Together in Cumbria
Christian communities working in partnership to tackle domestic violence www.churchestogethercumbria.co.uk . Churches Together DV Champions, Rev Eleanor Hancock: 01228 527106, Rosemary Campbell: 07778220810
Safety Net Tel: 01228 515859 http://safetynetuk.org/
West Cumbria Domestic Violence Support Tel 01900 67167
Birchall Trust Tel: 01229 820828http://www.birchalltrust.org.uk/
NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000 https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/child-abuse-and-neglect/domestic-abuse/
Victim Support Tel: 0300 303 0157 https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/north-west/cumbria
Barnardos Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_work/domestic_violence.htm
Bridgeway Centre Tel: 0808 118 6432http://www.thebridgeway.org.uk/about-us/
You can seek advice from a solicitor or the Citizens Advise Bureau about your legal rights
www.citizensadvice.org.uk tel 0300 3300650
Womens Aid 24hr helpline 0808 2000247 www.womensaid.org.uk
Childline 0800 1111 www.childline.org.net
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline (Broken Rainbow) 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/
Menís support services
Let Go work with male victims of domestic abuse and there is also a national helpline. The Mens Advice Line 08088010327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Support for perpetrators
Respect (for perpetrators) 0808 802 4040 www.respect.uk.net