Safety survey for Doncaster’s women and girls

 

We want to hear from women and girls aged 16 years and over about feelings of safety and experiences of any form of violence or abuse in Doncaster.  This will help us to work with partner agencies and communities to create a safer environment for all people living and working in Doncaster and reduce violence and abuse.

Violence against women and girls is now a nationally recognised problem and can take many different forms.  It can be emotional, physical, sexual or financial and can be words or actions.  Women and girls can be victims of a partner or ex-partner, family member, colleague, friend or stranger.

Violence and abuse is never justified or ‘a bit of fun’, any behaviour that frightens, embarrasses demeans or causes distress to women or girls is abuse and it is vital that they have the opportunity to speak out and get support.

For more information and support and to have your say the survey can be accessed through the Doncaster council website www.doncaster.gov.uk/VAWG

Debbie John-Lewis Assistant Director for Communities said “Please know that there are a range of agencies working together in Doncaster to keep women and girls safe and if you do have concerns about domestic and sexual abuse or any form of violence, abuse or harassment of women and girls, there are a number of ways you can contact someone to seek advice or help. You can call police directly or alternatively speak to a trusted professional who can get you the support you need. You are not alone and we are here for you.”

If you are experiencing any form of abuse you can contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or in an emergency please 999.

We acknowledge that men and boys are also at risk of domestic violence and sexual abuse. There is support available to them which the council regularly promotes.  The violence against women and girls is however more prevalent in society today and as such the council has commissioned the survey.

Where can I get help?

Domestic abuse:

The Doncaster Domestic Abuse Hub. Telephone 01302 737080 – Domestic Abuse – Doncaster CouncilDomestic abuse survivor zone – Doncaster Council

National 24 hour Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

Sexual abuse:

Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service – Welcome to Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (drasacs.org.uk) 

Hackenthorpe Lodge (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) – Hackenthorpe Lodge – Home 

Support following other types of abuse:

Anti-social behaviour in Doncaster – Antisocial Behaviour – Doncaster Council

Victim Support – Humberside and South Yorkshire – Victim Suppor t

Mental Health Crisis team – 0800 804 8999

Samaritans – call free on116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Remember, always dial 999 in an emergency.  You can also report domestic abuse to South Yorkshire Police via their online reporting form – Form (reportingcrime.uk) .  (Not to be used in an emergency)

 

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