Archive for May, 2012

Women’s safety

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Women and girls are often the targets of violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. If you are a victim, you don’t have to put up with it.

Violence against women: the numbers

In the last year, more than one million women and girls experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales.

Each year, more than 300,000 women are sexually assaulted and 60,000 women are raped.

Studies done by the British Crime Survey and similar surveys also show that:

  • more than one in four women have experienced domestic violence
  • 39 per cent of women say that the fear of crime impacts on their quality of life
  • nearly one in ten women say they have been stalked
  • 40 per cent of victims of serious sexual assault tell nobody

Domestic violence

Domestic violence can include physical abuse, sexual assault and verbal threats.

It can also include more subtle attacks such as:

  • constant breaking of trust
  • isolation
  • psychological games
  • harassment

It can affect partners in all types of relationships and can also involve violence between parents and children.

 

 

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Anti-Social Behaviour

Monday, May 28th, 2012

 

Anti-social behaviour includes abusive or noisy neighbours, littering and graffiti. It can leave you feeling intimidated, angry and frightened. Your council and the police can help. Find out what can be done and what you can do to stop it.

 

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour includes things such as:

  • rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods
  • night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am
  • threatening, drunken or ‘yobbish’ behaviour
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • dealing or buying drugs on the street
  • litter and fly-tipping rubbish
  • aggressive begging
  • drinking in the street
  • setting off fireworks late at night
  • abandoning cars on the street

Anti-social behaviour doesn’t just make life unpleasant. It can ruin lives and make whole areas feel unsafe.

 

If you encounter it, report it

If anti-social behaviour is a problem in your area, there’s a lot you can do to help put a stop to it.

You can:

  • talk to your neighbours to find out if they’re affected as well
  • if you feel comfortable doing so talk to the person causing the problem; they may not realise how it is affecting you
  • report the problem to your local council’s anti-social behaviour coordinator
  • call your police force’s non-emergency number
  • tell your landlord or residents’ association about the situation
  • contact your local neighbourhood policing team, or attend one of their regular meetings

If the situation is an emergency (if someone’s life or health is threatened) call 999.

No matter how you report anti-social behaviour, all complaints are treated as confidential. So you don’t have to worry about your identity being revealed.

The council and police both need evidence of what’s happened to you, so keep a note of problems. They should not ask you to do this indefinitely.

Once you have reported the problem, you should be kept informed of progress in your case.

 

Anti Social Behaviour can lead to physical confrontations.  Never be drawn into taking the law into your own hands, always contact the police.

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