What is domestic abuse and violence?
The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is:
Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to: Psychological, Physical, Sexual, Financial, Emotional, Controlling behaviour.
Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Specialist Counselling Services – New to Harlow and Epping
South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC) is now offering specialist sexual violence counselling services in Epping and Harlow. The service is available to young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years old, and adult women, who have experienced any form of sexual violence (including childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation and sexual assault) at any stage in their lives, regardless of statutory interventions.
Survivors can self refer, or workers can refer them, using the referral form available on www.sericc.org.uk
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC)
Those involved in MARAC can find out more information on the process and access appropriate forms here.