Earlier this week we ran our first ‘Let’s Talk About Abuse’ session where people could ask a team of detectives and partner agencies their questions.
Prior to this, the live chats focused solely on Domestic Abuse. The Q&As have now been adapted to allow more people to come and find answers to their questions.
During the session, the following questions were raised:
I'm worried about my partner going out drinking again now that pubs are reopening. Are there any resources?
I met my friend for the first time in 9 months last week and she was a bit quieter than usual. Is this a sign of abuse at home maybe?
Do I have to report the abuse to police to get help?
If I ring the police, will they always arrest? I want help, but I am not sure I would want them to arrest my other half
I’m really worried about repercussions if I report abuse. What protection would I get?
My neighbours are always arguing and they have young children, what should I do as I am worried about what’s going on.
What’s the best approach if I’m worried about a family member who is maybe feeling defensive about their situation?
My partner isn’t violent but he will demand sex a lot and sometimes this makes me feel uncomfortable and like I have to do it to avoid arguments, is this normal?
One thing we would really like to highlight on the back of this event is that you do not have to report to the police to be eligible for support.
There are a variety of agencies in Derbyshire and Derby City that can provide emotional and practical support to victims of domestic abuse. You can find more information out by contacting the following helplines listed on our website:
If a report is made, police will respond to assist you and assess the situation.
We take positive action in relation to Domestic Abuse where crimes are suspected, and this is to ensure that the people involved are safeguarded. There may be certain circumstances (for example a verbal dispute) which may not lead to an arrest, however we will respond if you call and will be able to provide help, advice and signpost you for support.