Domestic abuse remains one of our top three reported antisocial behaviour cases across the organisation.
During the pandemic this serious issue was only compounded for many victims and the domestic abuse service we run on behalf of Kent County Council and Medway Council became ever more vital.
In November 2020, we joined forces with our delivery partners, Look Ahead, Oasis Domestic Abuse Service and Victim Support, to produce an online conference to raise awareness and help people spot the signs of domestic abuse. Furthermore, the following month we held a virtual conference entitled, ‘Domestic abuse – it’s everybody’s business’, which attracted several keynote speakers and was attended by more than 1,600 people.
All our housing teams are now trained in how to discuss and handle domestic abuse situations and we have a range of domestic abuse champions in place who can help support you, provide extra security measures or help signpost you to seek alternative and safe accommodation.
What to do if you, or someone you know, is being abused
You have every right to feel safe in your home. We take any report of domestic abuse or violence extremely seriously and will take any action possible against an abuser. We will be there to help and support you, including finding emergency accommodation or providing extra security measures if needed.
Important: if you feel in immediate danger, phone the police on 999.
Find out more about our domestic abuse support, including identifying abusive behaviour and how to make a report safely and confidentially.