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Athena The Athena service, run by Refuge, provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in the London Borough of Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence. They can help you to: Talk to someone who understands what you are going through Receive support with contacting the police Move away from the area Access a refuge Stay

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Keeping Safe

Keeping Safe Whether you are experiencing domestic abuse – or any other form of gender-based violence – or you are a professional working with someone experiencing domestic abuse, it is important that consideration is given to safety. A personal safety plan is one way of helping victims and survivors to protect themselves and those around

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The Voice Programme

The Voice Programme VOICE stands for Victims of Intimate Coercive Experience and is a ten-week intervention for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, coercive control and the behaviours that create the dynamics of intimate partner relationship abuse. The VOICE Programme was written in response to the feedback of victims and practitioners, and seeks to provide an inclusive

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Freedom Programme

Freedom Programme The Freedom Programme is for women who are or have been experiencing domestic abuse. It examines the influence of attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusers and the responses of those who have experienced the abuse. The programme helps women to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, to

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What is Domestic Abuse?

What is Domestic Abuse? The Domestic Abuse Act was passed in 2021, which provides a new definition of domestic abuse as follows: PART 1Definition of “domestic abuse” 1Definition of “domestic abuse” (1)This section defines “domestic abuse” for the purposes of this Act. (2)Behaviour of a person (“A”) towards another person (“B”) is “domestic abuse” if—

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Coercive Control

Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence

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Mayor of London, Have a Word with Yourself, then your mates Campaign

The recent cases of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa have highlighted the issue of violence against women and girls in London. All too often the focus has been placed on women’s behaviour and how to keep themselves safe but the new Have a Word with Yourself, then Your Mates campaign focuses on men’s behaviour and

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