Support available in Hackney for victims of domestic abuse
With the Word Cup underway Hackney Council wants anyone suffering from domestic abuse to know that there is somewhere they can turn.
The Council’s domestic violence team work in partnership with organisations across the borough – including the police and charities – to support victims whatever their need, whether it is a place of refuge, reporting a crime to the police, or just someone to talk to.
Services available in Hackney include a confidential helpline 0800 056 0905 (free from a landline and available 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday) for one-to-one support and professional advice. There are also facilities for counseling for victims of trauma and a Special Domestic Violence Court (a partnership between four neighbouring boroughs, which aims to make sure that offenders are brought to justice more effectively).
There is evidence that shows reports of domestic abuse rises following World Cup games. It is a terrible crime that can ruin the lives of victims and their families. It can be very difficult for people to tell others what they are experiencing. We want victims of domestic abuse to know that when they’re ready, we’re here for them.
From 1 April 2013 to 1 April 2014, Hackney experienced a significant increase of 30% for offences of domestic abuse. This is however attributed to an increase in reporting domestic violence, with victims having more confidence in police response and care.
Anyone needing help or support can also contact the 24-hour national helpline on 0808 2000 247. In an emergency the advice is always call 999.
Hackney Council’s team worked with over 900 Hackney residents last year to offer confidential advice, counselling and practical support.