Published: 25 November 2021
25 November marks the start of the annual international 16 Days of Action campaign, raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Once again this year Torbay is supporting the campaign and has events and activities taking place throughout the next 16 days. Read the full article where you can find the schedule of events.
Does our draft Safe Accommodation Strategy meet the needs of victims of domestic abuse and their children?
Published: 26 October 2021
Under new duties placed on Local Authorities as part of the DA Act Torbay Council must prepare and publish a local domestic abuse Safe Accommodation Strategy based on a robust needs assessment. The needs assessment, looking at what is available in Torbay, what is needed, and informed by the experiences of people who have used domestic abuse services in Torbay, was carried out during the summer of 2021. We would now like to invite you to comment on the draft Safe Accommodation Strategy. Open this article for a link to the consultation questions.
Published: 11 June 2021
As a follow up to our recent survey about your experiences of living with and after domestic abuse we'd now like to invite you to get involved in helping to shape the response to domestic abuse in Torbay. Throughout June and July we would like to interview people who have, or have not, accessed support in Torbay. We'd like to hear from anyone who has experienced domestic abuse regardless of your gender, how you identify, your sexual orientation and whether or not you asked for help. Read the full article to find out more along with the link to the application form.
Published: 10 May 2021
On 29 April 2021 the Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent and the Domestic Abuse Act became law. This new Act will provide increased protection to those who experience domestic abuse and will also strengthen measures to tackle those who cause harm.
Published: 18 March 2021
If you know someone who doesn't have internet access, isn't good online or needs support to complete our survey, you can now print a copy to complete by hand and send to us by post by 16 April! The survey does contain very personal and sensitive questions so please think about how this may affect you, and the person you may be helping to complete it before you start. Download the survey and print it off.
Published: 26 February 2021
If you have ever experienced domestic abuse or sexual violence, we would like to ask for your help in completing a confidential online survey that will help us to understand what support looked like for you, where you asked for help and, in some cases, to understand what might have stopped you from asking for help.
Published: 05 January 2021
The Prime Minister announced a further period of lockdown across the Country on 4 January 2021. During his speech he was very clear that anyone needing to leave their home to avoid harm as a result of domestic abuse could do so. This was a very important message and one which we would reiterate.
Published: 25 November 2020
Whilst we haven’t been able to arrange any specific events this year to raise awareness of the issues of domestic abuse and sexual violence, we do want to remind everyone that if they need advice, help or support there are local and national services that continue to be available to provide that help.
Published: 24 November 2020
The 16 Days of Action campaign this year feels like it holds even more importance. So many people have had to stay at home to shield, to self-isolate, haven’t been able to go to school, are on furlough, have lost their jobs or have been continuing to work from home in order to ‘stay safe and protect others’. For many, home isn’t a safe place and they don’t feel protected.
Published: 20 October 2020
The Standing Tall Partnership is a small group of organisations and community groups who understand the impact that domestic abuse and sexual violence have on an individual and their family and who are working together to provide services to people in the Bay who have experienced them.
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?