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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…

Forced Marriage

What is a forced marriage? A forced marriage is where one (or both) of the spouses does not want to get married and is forced or coerced into it. In cases where someone has disabilities, they may not have the capacity to consent to marry.…

Help after rape and sexual assault

If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn't your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help. What…

How to report adult safeguarding concerns

Safeguarding is aimed at anybody aged 18 or over who has care and support needs and who is unable to protect themselves from either the risk or the experience of abuse or neglect.  Local services must work together to safeguard adults in a way that…

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The Waltham Forest MARAC is a monthly risk management meeting where professionals share information on high risk cases of domestic violence and abuse and put in place a risk management plan. The MARAC aims to: Share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of…

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…
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