No one deserves to be abused, and you don't have to put up with it. There are a number of things you can do if you are experiencing violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner. However, none of these will be easy and none will provide a complete or immediate end to the abuse. Getting free from abuse can be a long process: most women seek help from a number of sources, and may leave and return several times before they are able to make the final break.
If you are suffering some kind of domestic violence please contact us so that we can help. We will arrange a confidential interview for you with an Officer of the same sex as yourself. We will be able to offer help and advice about what you can do next and contact other agencies such as the Police, the Local Authority, or a temporary refuge. Should you be unable to return home we will work with you and the Local Authority to help you find a suitable place to live.
If you are targeted because of your racial group, religion, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, nationality, age, gender, gender identity, or political affiliation it is considered to be a hate crime. This kind of harassment can take many forms including physical assault, damage to property, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or insults, or offensive graffiti or letters.
Dales Housing will refer victims of hate crime to effective and sensitive counselling services and use Injunctions where necessary to protect victims and witnesses where threats of violence are made against them by identifiable perpetrators. Dales Housing will also arrange safe, temporary housing for victims and witnesses of hate crimes if they fear for their immediate safety. If is there is no prospect of a safe return suitable alternative permanent accommodation can be arranged.
When dealing with harassment we will consider using a full range of civil legal remedies against perpetrators who are our tenants, including injunctions, anti-social behaviour orders, parenting orders and child curfew orders, as well as possession proceedings.
It is important that you report any incidents of harassment to both the Police and Dales Housing as soon as possible.
What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is defined as "behaviour which caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm, or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator". (Crime and Disorder Act 1998).
ASB may be criminal in nature, for example criminal damage to personal property, but this is not always the case. ASB may affect one household, but may affect many members of a community. Types of ASB include, but aren’t limited to;
Derbyshire Dales is one of the safest places in England to live with comparatively low levels of crime and anti-social behaviour.
However, this does not mean that crime and anti-social behaviour do not happen and so it is important the Dales Housing works closely with other partners to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour from happening and deal with it effectively if it does. (See also: What to do about antisocial behaviour.)
Our aim is to help people to feel safe and secure where they live and being part of the Safer Neighbourhood Teams across the area, we work closely with the Police and other key agencies and individuals to make areas safer and better places to live.
Dales Housing will investigate all complaints of ASB made against their tenants or leaseholders and will take the necessary action to help resolve any problems. People who make the complaint will receive feedback from us, including details of the named Officer assigned to the case, and will, after that, be kept fully informed during the investigation.
Support to victims and witnesses of crime and anti-social behaviour is tailored by Dales Housing to meet individual needs and circumstances. A summary statement of our Anti-Social Behaviour Policy and Procedures can be found with our other Policy Documents.