It’s a sad fact that in Britain over a million women and more than 700,000 men were victims of domestic abuse last year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (2013/2014 figures). In many of these households, the children will have witnessed what was taking place.
It’s equally shocking that 2,700 people were trafficked for prostitution, forced labour or slavery in the UK according to the National Crime Agency (2014). 602 of these victims were children. Unfortunately these numbers are thought to be just the tip of the iceberg.
Accommodation and support
All victims trapped in these abusive situations will experience fear for their own safety and that of their children. This fear lasts even after they have taken the brave step to seek help, or escape from their abusers.
At BCHA we work hard to help victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking escape and recover from the traumatic situations they have experienced, and to help them stay safe.
When working with victims of abuse, we recognise the importance of not only offering a place of safety, but also the vital support people need to overcome the emotional trauma and begin the slow process of rebuilding confidence and self-esteem. We also offer assistance with practical issues such as benefits and dealing with other agencies.
BCHA runs a number of services for people who need support to stay safe. These services include:
- Support for victims of trafficking
- Support in the community for victims of domestic abuse
- Safe houses and refuges
Take a look at the pages within this section to see exactly how we support victims of domestic abuse and human trafficking, and how you can access this support.
If you are not safe now, ring 999 and ask for the police.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hour)
Rape Crisis: 01202 308855
Non-Emergency Police and Specialist Domestic Abuse Officers: 101
National Victim Support: 0845 30 30 900
Women's Aid Domestic Abuse Directory https://www.womensaid.org.uk/domestic-abuse-directory/
Poole Domestic Abuse Project: 01202 710777
24 hour helpline: 01202 710777