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Safeguarding Adults

Adult safeguarding supports people over the age of 18 to protect them from abuse.  Here you will find information on how to tell us you need help.  We can help if you’re unable to protect yourself and are experiencing or at risk of experiencing abuse.…

Sexual Violence

What is sexual violence? Sexual violence is any sexual contact that is unwanted or against someone’s will. It includes all forms of sexual acts including rape, sexual assault, sexual touching, sexual harassment, sexting or threats of sexual violence. Sexual violence means any touching that you…

Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC)

The Specialist Domestic Violence Court (SDVC) was introduced to make it easier for people who have experienced domestic violence to: come forward/access the criminal justice system to improve victim’s experience of the court process to increase the proportion of successful outcomes. The Specialist Domestic Violence Court…

Stalking and harassment

If you want to move away from this page quickly, click on change page. The link will take you to the council tax section of this website. What is the definition of stalking and harassment? There is no one definition for either stalking or harassment. Stalking…

Street harassment

There is no standardized definition for street harassment (yet). Our working definition (updated March 2015) is: Gender-based street harassment is unwanted comments, gestures, and actions forced on a stranger in a public place without their consent and is directed at them because of their actual…

Trafficking

What is trafficking? Trafficking is defined as: ‘The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power, or a position of…

What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect is when someone is caused harm by an individual or group.  You can tell us if you have safeguarding concerns about yourself or someone else. This harm could be physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional or take many other forms and can be deliberate…
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