Published: 20 May 2020
Whilst some sexual offences are carried out by strangers, most incidents of rape, sexual violence or sexual abuse will be carried out by someone known to you. This could be an acquaintance or, more likely, someone you know well. No matter what the connection, there is no excuse for these actions and they are criminal acts. Whether your experiences are current, recent or happened a long time ago, support continues to be available during the current COVID-19 restrictions and an agreement has been reached between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service that you won't get into trouble if it happened because current restrictions were breached.
Published: 07 May 2020
If nothing else, the last few weeks have put many of us in a position where we have too much time to think, too much time to worry and too much time to start feeling anxious or overwhelmed. Local services are very aware of the pressures people may be under and are available to listen and offer support.
Published: 05 May 2020
There will nearly always be an app for this and an app for that. We generally take them for granted but there may be some that are more useful than others, especially during lockdown.
Published: 03 April 2020
If you live with domestic abuse or sexual violence, the additional pressures being imposed by the Government to stay at home and stay safe may not feel very safe at all. However, support is still available to you and some services have been able to extend their hours or provide alternative means of contact.
Published: 19 March 2020
Is the thought of having to spend more time at home because of COVID-19 causing you anxiety? This could be for any number of reasons. One might be because spending longer periods of time together can often create extra tension in families, but even more so when you are living with domestic abuse at home. Another reason might simply be that you have more time to sit and think about things that have happened to you, whenever they might have happened. In spite of the current situation, there are resources that you can continue to access online and by telephone for support and advice.
Published: 20 November 2019
Starting on 25 November, we are supporting the international campaign known as 16 Days of Action. 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence stems from the original movement, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence which has been campaigning since 1991.
Published: 11 October 2019
The Devon Clinic is delighted to announce that they have been awarded funding to continue their 'single parent's stress relief' package.
Published: 29 August 2019
How do you get children and young people to lie on wet grass? Apparently by telling them they will have their photo taken by a police drone!
Published: 18 July 2019
On 26 June we arranged a networking event for DASV professionals where information was shared on some of the services available locally. Victoria Harle, from Wollens solicitors, spoke at the event and covered some of the civil injunctions that can be used to help protect victims.
Published: 02 July 2019
SafeLives, a UK wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, has launched a survey to gather the voices of boys and men on the subject of abuse and relationships.
Published: 28 June 2019
On 26 June 2019 the Ministry of Justice announced that laws around the taking, making and sharing of non-consensual intimate images are to be reviewed under plans to ensure protections keep pace with emerging technology.
Published: 12 June 2019
This Government consultation seeks your views on proposals for a new approach to accommodation based support services in England and closes on 2nd August 2019.
Published: 14 December 2018
Torquay’s Best Bar None group, in partnership with Safer Communities Torbay, is helping to protect any person who may feel frightened during a date or by their partner whilst out in several of its harbour-side licensed premises, by launching a new scheme called ‘Ask for Angela’ .
Published: 29 August 2018
AVA, a national violence against women and girls charity, have been commissioned by Torbay Council to conduct a project on domestic abuse and sexual violence in the local area, with the aim of identifying local need and strengthening responses.
Published: 14 August 2018
In July 2018 Torbay Council was awarded accreditation by the White Ribbon Campaign to become part of the national campaign which aims to end male violence towards women and girls.
Published: 12 February 2018
The Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Strategy for Torbay has been published for consultation. Have your say on it.
Published: 03 July 2017
Do you want to have a say on improving care for victims and survivors of sexual assault in the South West?
The Police and Crime Commissioners, the Police service and NHS England are currently seeking views from a range of people and organisations to help inform the new SARC service. They have already talked extensively to users of these services and have further workshops and discussions planned. Service user representatives will be part of the group of people making the final decision about who provides SARCs in the future. Read the article to find out more and how you can get involved.
Published: 14 November 2016
In November 2016 we launched a campaign called Challenge Rape, the main aims of which are to reinforce the message that there is absolutely no excuse for rape or sexual assault and that a victim is never to blame.
This article explores some of the questions that may be asked around the campaign and the rationale behind it.
Published: 12 November 2016
Cllr Julien Parrott, Executive Lead for Adults and Children, explains the importance of the ‘Are You OK’ Challenge Rape campaign and the messages it conveys.
Published: 11 August 2015
Torbay welcomes a new service from Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services to support women over 18 and young women and men aged 13-18 who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault.
Published: 17 November 2014
The majority of victims of domestic abuse are women, which is why some services are just for female victims. But victim statistics are not a popularity competition.
Published: 06 November 2014
Sex must always be about consent and choice. Every single time. If you can’t make a choice freely, if you are physically restrained, if you haven’t or can’t agree to a sexual activity by choice, whether you’re in a relationship or not, this is sexual violence and it’s a crime.
Published: 03 November 2014
Most relationships have ups and downs whether that’s within our families or our other intimate relationships. There is though, a real difference between ups and downs in a healthy relationship and abuse.
Published: 01 November 2014
It’s a parent’s job to keep their children safe. To protect them from danger. But what happens if that danger is in their home? What if a person who is supposed to love and care for them, is instead someone to be feared? What could that do to a child?