Following a presentation by ‘SaferPlaces’, of their Services and Support, at the Offices of Hertsmere Borough Council, Borehamwood, I feel that it is important to share this information with you, the ‘Community of Shenley’, which shocked me by the statistics and cases, but made me aware of the different forms of ‘Abuse’, in existence within ‘OurCommunity’, which is neither normal nor acceptable.
A ‘Caring Relationship’ should make you feel loved, respected, safe and free to be yourself!
An ‘Abusive Relationship’ can make you feel scared, controlled and intimidated!
If you think that you are suffering from Domestic Abuse, then you probably are!
The different forms of Abuse can be: Physical, Psychological/Emotional, Financial or Sexual.
Domestic Abuse can be abusive behaviour from a Spouse, Partner, or Family Member and is used to make the other person fear the ‘Abused’, and leading them to do what they want!
It usually begins with small things, but gets much worse!
‘Safer Places’ is an independent charity which provides a comprehensive range of services to: Men, Women and Children affected by ‘Domestic and Sexual Abuse’, who live in Essex and Hertfordshire.
The people who use these Services are at the heart of the organisation and aim to work closely with them to enable them to overcome the impact of their experience and to build a brighter and safe future.
‘Domestic Abuse’ and social isolation rob people of their confidence, self-esteem and their hope for the future. The organisation work with the survivors of Domestic Abuse, to help them recover, to empower them, to rebuild their lives, and go on to achieve for themselves things they might once have thought of as impossible.
Finally, most important, if you think you fall into any of these categories, and need help or advice or fear reporting them, please do not hesitate in contacting ‘SaferPlaces’:
24 HOUR EMERGENCY HELPLINE ON: 03301 025811
- NATIONAL HELPLINE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 0808 2000 247 (OVER 18’S)
- SAMARITANS: 0845 790 9090
- RESPECT: 0207 5490578
- NATIONAL STALKING HELPLINE: 0808 802 0300
Cllr. Peter Wayne
Borough and Parish Councillor