Domestic abuse is traditionally thought to happen between husband and wife and usually involve the husband hitting his wife. In fact domestic abuse is much more than this. It can happen between people who are or have been in a relationship or between family members. Increasingly we are recognising that young adults are experiencing domestic abuse in their own personal relationships. And we know that children who live with domestic abuse are emotionally affected and sometimes at risk of physical injury.
Abuse is not just physical; it is not just the black eye. Abuse can be psychological, sexual, financial and emotional. Abusive behaviour can include isolating victims from their family, friends, controlling their everyday behaviour, stalking, harassing, intimidating or other acts that are meant to harm, punish or frighten their victim.
What are we doing?
- We are drawing the line against domestic abuse in Solihull
- We stand against domestic abuse of any kind
- We are determined to hold people to account for their actions
- We are here to support and help those who need it
How are we doing this?
- Domestic abuse is everyone’s problem and we want everyone to not condone or turn a blind eye. We are working with agencies across the borough to increase awareness and understanding of domestic abuse to help them identify it earlier and provide the right response
- An e-learning programme is available to all those who work in the borough
- Information about how to get help is available from solihull.gov.uk/domesticabuse
- Services are provided and promoted to those who need support
- Information to dispel the myths is widely displayed across the borough
- Support to young people is available
- Increasing work with those who perpetrate domestic abuse to ensure that more of them are held to account