Torbay Council is committed to supporting victims to help get the support and advice they need. There are many forms of domestic abuse and violence which can be both physical and emotional as well as having the potential to impact on someone economically or financially. Here in Torbay we have a wide range of support and advice that people can access, whether this is formally via commissioned services or the police, or informally through community and voluntary sector groups. There isn't a 'one size fits all' response to domestic abuse and sexual violence, but whatever help or information you are looking for, our local network of organisations have received relevant training and are aware of the many and varied behaviours that people experience. You will be listened to and won't be judged.
Throughout 16 Days of Action local organisations are putting on various activities or events to raise awareness of the issue of domestic abuse. The full list of local events and activities includes a touring sofa at various locations across the Bay, projections, a night time march through Torquay town centre and even a dog walk. You can listen to some of our local agencies, support services and organisations, what they do and how they work by tuning into Riviera FM on 107.9 FM, online at www.riviera.fm or by downloading the app.
It can be difficult to identify the signs of domestic abuse or violence but www.areyouok.co.uk contains information that might help you understand some of the behaviours you are experiencing personally or something you are worried about for a friend or relative. The website also contains a directory of services - local and national - that can be accessed. Domestic abuse or sexual violence can happen to anyone - please ask for help or advice if it has happened to you.
In an emergency or where you or your family are in immediate danger, always contact the police on 999.