Survivors of relationship abuse told us that they would have liked to have a directory of services that they could go to for help. Safer Gloucester has produced the following, so that if you are ever in need of support because your relationship has become abusive you can see how people can help you and how to contact them. Even if you are not ready to end the relationship you may find the safety planning advice helpful. Click here for the directory (PDF, 336KB). (If you download onto your personal computer, please make sure you delete the guide afterwards - exit the guide, then right click on it and delete, then clear your recycling bin).
Relationship abuse can be physical violence, sexual violence, psychological or financial control and affects at least 1 in 4 women at some point in their lifetime. Victims can be either gender and abuse also occurs in same sex relationships.
In many cases, people will have suffered physical or sexual violence over forty times before reporting it to the police. There are many services available to help and support including with safety planning, help with housing and benefits advice through to support with the court process if this is needed. The Police will take all reports of abuse seriously, and have specialist officers who are used to dealing with abuse cases and can offer all possible support.
Copies of the booklet are available from the Community Safety Team at Gloucester City Council, telephone 01452 396984, or can be downloaded above.