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Abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults

Everyone has the right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect can occur anywhere: in your own home or a public place, while you are in hospital or attending a day centre, or in a college or care home. You may…

Domestic Abuse

What is domestic abuse? Domestic abuse is: Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can…

Domestic Homicide Reviews

What happens when someone is killed as a result of domestic violence? When this happens, the law says that professionals involved in the case must review what happened so that we can identify what needs to be changed and reduce the risk of it happening…

Honour Based Violence

What is ‘honour’ based violence? So-called ‘honour’ based violence is a term used to describe violence committed against a woman or a girl (or sometimes men) who the family or the community feels has not followed what they believe is acceptable behaviour and has brought…

SafetyNet Waltham Forest’s Community Safety Partnership

SafetyNet is a partnership between the council, police, probation, fire, and health services, as well as key partners including housing providers, victim services, plus community and voluntary sectors. SafetyNet aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, gang crime, violence against women and girls, youth and re-offending, and…

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…
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