Domestic Abuse

Habinteg is committed to dealing with domestic abuse sensitively. We aim to provide a confidential and non-judgemental service to any tenant reporting domestic abuse.

If you have any concerns, please contact Habinteg Direct by email: direct@habinteg.org.ukor call on 0300 365 3100.

If you’re experiencing any form of abuse you can also speak to the police by calling 101. If you are responding to an emergency, contact emergency services by dialling 999.

If you’re concerned that a child may be experiencing or is likely to experience abuse or neglect, and they are not in immediate danger, contact NSPCC on 0800 800 5000 and share your concern.

If you’re concerned that a child or adult may be experiencing or is likely to experience abuse or neglect, and they are not in immediate danger, contact your Local Authority – Adult or Children Social Care and take advice. You can locate the relevant contact details from your local authority's website.

If you’re not one of our tenants, but you’re concerned about something you’ve seen or heard relating to a Habinteg resident, please contact us. If there’s an immediate risk to a child, young person, adult or yourself, call the Police.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between Individuals who are or have been intimate partners, or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.

This definition covers, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • Emotional or Psychological: any type of abuse that involves the continual emotional mistreatment of an individual, including deliberately trying to scare, humiliate, isolate or ignore an individual
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial: including controlling money and bank accounts, running up debts in a person’s name, controlling how money is spent, refusing to allow them to study or work and depriving them of essentials
  • Controlling behaviour: a range of behaviour which makes a person reliant and/or dependent on another person by isolating them from support, exploiting their resources and capacity for personal gain, depriving them of the means of independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour
  • Coercive behaviour (An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim
  • Cuckooing: when criminals target the home of a vulnerable person, to use the property for criminal purposes such as drug-dealing, hiding weapons, and other criminal activities. They move quickly between vulnerable people's homes for just a few hours, days or longer.

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We offer a comprehensive and person-centred employment package to our staff. This includes:

  • Flexible approach to working week including full-time, part-time and job-sharing possibilities.
  • Welcoming, accessible work environments including remote working
  • Training and development programme
  • Ethical pension scheme from the Pensions Trust.
  • Life assurance scheme
  • Eye test
  • Cycle scheme
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Being open and honest about our performance is an essential part of our culture. This is why we place importance on independent assessment of our organisation as an employer. We are proud to hold a Gold Standard Investors in People accreditation.

Who might abuse someone?

Anyone can carry out abuse or neglect, including:

  • Spouses and partners
  • Other family members
  • Neighbours
  • Friends
  • Acquaintances
  • Local residents
  • Paid staff and professionals
  • Volunteers and strangers.

Abuse can happen anywhere e.g. in a tenant’s own home, in someone else’s home, in the street or even in an environment where it should be safe.

Who is affected by domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can affect anyone.  Research recognises that there are more cases of domestic abuse against women, however men are also victims of domestic abuse. 

Abuse can occur in gay and lesbian relationships and violence can occur from other family members, e.g. son or daughter being violent toward a parent.  Domestic abuse can also affect more than one member of a household.
 

Who is responsible for dealing with reports of domestic abuse in Habinteg?

All Habinteg staff are responsible for dealing with reports of domestic abuse in accordance with the Domestic Abuse Policy and Procedure. Habinteg is also obligated to provide impartial and factual advice to both parties where a joint tenancy exists.

Scheme-based staff are responsible for responding to and acknowledging initial reports, and providing support to the victim. They are also responsible for reporting incidents promptly to their Neighbourhood Manager or Head of Housing.

Neighbourhood Managers are responsible for investigating more serious or complex cases, initiating and managing any legal action, monitoring and reporting of individual cases and closing cases.

All instances of Domestic Abuse will be treated as a priority and will be recorded and monitored throughout our investigation. We will keep the person reporting the abuse informed of progress and what is happening. 

How do I report domestic abuse to Habinteg?

Whether you are a tenant or another concerned person, you can report domestic abuse to us:

  • in person
  • in writing
  • via the telephone
  • via email
  • via a third party such as a police officer, local authority or other partner organisation.

Please visit our Contact us web page for full contact details.

What happens after domestic abuse is reported to Habinteg?

Where there’s a sole tenancy and the tenant is the victim of domestic abuse, Habinteg may decide that additional security measures to the tenant's home may help.

Where there’s a joint tenancy and the abuser is a tenant, the tenancy can only be determined by the courts. Habinteg will provide advice about, and where appropriate assist in, contacting the police, local organisations and support services who deal with domestic abuse.

We’ll work alongside organisations to help stop the abuse while respecting our residents' views, feelings and wishes where possible.

You should be aware that if you raise concerns, we may need to share the details with the local authority or other agencies in order for them to investigate further.

What if I’m concerned about myself or someone else?

If there’s an immediate risk to a child, young person, adult or yourself, please contact the police.

As every local authority has a safeguarding lead, you can also raise a concern about abuse directly with them. Call the council’s main number and ask to speak to the safeguarding lead or search for ‘safeguarding’ on their website.

You can report your concerns to a member of Habinteg staff. If the abuse is being carried out by a Habinteg employee, contact Habinteg Direct on 0300 365 3100 and ask to speak to a member of our Executive Management Team.

Organisations that provide support

Women and men
Rape Crisis0808 802 9999
National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300
Victim Support Line: 0845 30 30 900

People with learning disabilities or autism
Respond: 0808 808 0700

Older people
Action on Elder Abuse: 0808 808 8141
Age UK: 0800 169 2081

Women
National Domestic Violence helpline: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Refuge: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
Women's Aid: 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)

Children and teenagers
The Hideout
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
ChildLine: 0800 1111

Men
Men's Advice Line: 0808 801 0327
ManKind: 0808 801 0327
Survivors UK Ltd: 0845 122 1201
MPower: 01603 622406

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