Domestic abuse

At Optivo we believe everyone has the right to live free from domestic abuse. 

We take all reports of domestic abuse seriously. We’ll work alongside specialist services to support those affected and enable them to live a life free of abuse and violence.

The UK Government states that domestic abuse can be an incident or a pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive behaviour, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people aged 16 or over. This can include partners and ex partners, family members and can happen to anyone regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnic group.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to:
  • Physical - hitting, kicking, pushing, slapping, spitting, damaging your property
  • Sexual - making you do things you don’t want to, videoing you or sharing images against your will or without your knowledge
  • Financial - taking your money, not paying the bills or rent, withholding money for household items, getting you into debts, not letting you work or study
  • Psychological - mind games, isolating you from others, stalking you, blaming you for their behaviour, 
  • Emotional - calling you names, making you feel worthless, using your children against you.
Domestic abuse can also include,  so called Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage.

Reporting domestic abuse

If you feel afraid of someone in your home or you have concerns about one of our residents please contact us. We can help.

We treat all reports of domestic abuse in a non-judgemental way.

We’ll provide support, even if you don’t want to involve the Police.

We’ll keep you informed and seek your consent before we take any action.

We can refer you to specialist organisations such as Womens’ Aid or Victim Support. We can help make your home safer and help you to stay safe.

Always call 999 in an emergency. Further advice is available from the National UK Domestic Violence 24-hour Helpline: 0808 2000 247
 
We’ll deal with all reports of domestic abuse in a non-judgemental way. We’ll not require survivors to take legal action or to contact the police before we provide assistance. Any action we take will be with the survivor’s consent.

The only exception is if there is risk of serious harm to the survivor or another person.
 

Children under 18

If we’re concerned a child (under the age of 18) is abusing an adult, or a child is being abused, it’ll be addressed under our safeguarding policy.

If you are suffering abuse or you are concerned that one of our residents may be a victim of domestic abuse, please contact us.