Our ambition for West Northamptonshire is that everyone can live safely and experience healthy relationships without the threat of domestic abuse or sexual violence.
We want to ensure that everyone has the chance to live safely without the fear of being harmed by domestic or sexual violence, working in partnership with organisations across the county.
Help and advice
- VOICE (currently providing telephone and video support due to the coronavirus situation) - 0300 303 1965
- You can also download the Voice Home Support Hub app
- EVE - Women's Refuge in Northampton, call 01604 230311
- Northampton Domestic Abuse Service (NDAS) - call 0300 0120154
- Potential victims can call The National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (24 hours a day)
- Women’s Aid also offers victims a live web chat service
- Male victims can call Respect – 0808 8010 327 (during office hours)
- LGBT victims can call the GALOP phone line on 0800 999 5428
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is categorised by 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 encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:
This definition includes honour-based abuse and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically, just one encounter counts as abuse, and it can be an ongoing pattern of behaviour. However, the one constant element of domestic abuse is the abuser's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the victim.
Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality or social background. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or close family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse.
You may be feeling frightened, isolated, ashamed or confused. If you have children it may be that they too are suffering, whether they witness abuse or not.
Remember, you are not to blame for what is happening. You are not alone, and above all you do not have to suffer in silence.
Domestic abuse strategy - 2021 to 2025
Our domestic abuse strategy reflects what we have learnt from our needs assessment, the review of the domestic abuse accommodation and support pathways in Northamptonshire conducted on our behalf by Red Quadrant.
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs)
Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) were established on a statutory basis under Section 9 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and came into force on 13 April 2011.
Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are responsible for undertaking DHRs where the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse, or neglect by a relative, household member or someone they have been in an intimate relationship with.
A review panel led by an independent chair and consisting of representatives from statutory and voluntary agencies is commissioned to undertake the DHR. The panel reviews each agency's involvement in the case and makes recommendations to improve responses in the future. The panel will also consider information from the victim's family, friends, and work colleagues.
DHRs are not enquiries into how someone died or who is to blame, nor do they form part of a disciplinary process. They do not replace, but are in addition to, an inquest and any other form of enquiry into a homicide.
The purpose of DHRs is to consider the circumstances that led to the death and to identify where responses to the situation could be improved in the future. Lessons learned from the reviews will help agencies to improve their response to domestic abuse and to work better together to prevent such tragedies from occurring again.
The home office has published Statutory Guidance on how to complete DHRs and will be developing a national on-line repository for all reviews.
The following DHRs have been conducted in the West Northamptonshire area:
- DHR001 - 2012 Daventry area
- DHR001 - 2016 Northampton area
- DHR002 - 2016 Northampton area
- DHR 004 - 2019 Northampton area
Last updated 20 December 2023