Have you been attacked, bullied, belittled or threatened by someone close to you? Are you afraid or ashamed of what is happening to you at home? Domestic abuse is not just physical; it can be mental, emotional, verbal, financial or sexual. If you are experiencing any of these, you are not alone, you are not to blame and there is support available for you.
Victims of domestic violence are being urged to contact Sandwell’s 24 hour support line 08453597525.
With an incident of domestic violence taking place in the UK every six to twenty seconds and the police receiving a call every minute victims are being urged to seek help and not suffer alone.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone regardless of culture, race or religion so if you or someone you know is experiencing Domestic Abuse, there is much support available in Sandwell, do not suffer alone. If you have recently moved to this country and feel that you need help because you are experiencing Domestic Abuse please call one of the numbers below where you can talk to understanding and friendly professionals in confidence. If you need an interpreter, e.g. Punjabi or Polish. Sandwell Organisation Against Domestic Abuse will be able to support you with this.
SOADA (Sandwell Organisation Against Domestic Abuse) provides a coordinated, multi-agency response to domestic abuse. It acknowledges that numerous agencies have a role to play in supporting families experiencing domestic violence. The team includes staff from a range of agencies, such as the police, housing, Sandwell Women’s Aid, health, education and legal services. They also link with agencies including maternity services, accident and emergency services, mental health and probation.
SOADA aims to ensure access to supportive and safe accommodation for vulnerable victims and their children. It works to reduce the impact of domestic violence on children and provides training for agencies and the community. It provides a 24-hour telephone helpline, accommodation advice, referrals to other agencies and a solicitor’s surgery. Support workers explain options to their clients and put together an individual service plan to address that client’s particular needs. The support available is tailored to suit the individual needing help.
SOADA – 0845 3597525 (24 hours)
(Sadndwell Organisation Against Domestic Abuse)
Referral and Assessment Team – 0845 351 0131
Head 2 Head – 0121 612 1803
Sandwell Women’s Aid – 01215526448
Humdard – Humdard (24 hours)
(Domestic Abuse Helpline For Asian Women)
Victim Support – 0121 569 7980
Sandwell Women’s Agency Network – 0121 553 7074