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Domestic abuse: how libraries can help
What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of their gender,
age or physical ability. It is perpetuated by people of all ages,
and can be your spouse, partner, parent, child, or someone else you
have a close relationship with. Domestic abuse can be physical,
verbal, financial or emotional.
What help is available in Medway?
- Medway Police Domestic Abuse Team can be contacted by
dialling 101 by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Call
999 in an emergency.
- Details of the Medway Domestic Abuse Forum and other useful
contacts are available on the domestic
- Domestic Abuse Support One Stop Shop is a confidential
drop-in service held every Tuesday from 9.30am-12noon at the
Sunlight Trust in
Richmond Road, Gillingham. Call 01634 332091 for
- There are 12 refuges in Kent and Medway. Refuges provide safe
supported accommodation for women and children fleeing domestic
abuse. Dove Project helpline (01702
300006) will advise of Refuge vacancies in Kent,
Sussex and Essex. National Women’s Aid (0808
2000247) will be able to advise of spaces across the
- West Kent Lifeways offer assessment for housing related
floating support, information and referral to agencies providing
housing support to victims of domestic abuse. They can be contacted
at 01634 727304.
- Kent (and Medway) Domestic Abuse Information Line 0845 603
- The domestic abuse service
in Kent and Medway provides advice and information on services
for victims, friends and family, and perpetrators of Domestic
How can Medway Libraries help?
Medway Libraries can offer free, objective information and
resources in a safe and neutral environment.
Free internet access
If you think your internet activities may be being monitored, it
may be difficult to search for the information and support that you
need. Medway Libraries offers free internet access in all
16 branches. To
register for free internet access, please visit the getting
Check out the domestic abuse booklist.
If you would like more information about health issues that can
be caused by or affected by domestic abuse why not try our
Useful web links: national organisations
- The Citizens Advice
Bureau helps people resolve their legal, money and other
problems by providing free, independent and confidential
- Refuge offers women and children a
range of support services.
Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic
violence against women and children.
- The Men's Advice
Line is a confidential helpline for all men
experiencing domestic violence by a current or ex-partner. This
includes all men, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships.
- Respect Information and
advice for those who are abusive towards their partners
- ManKind offers support for
male victims of domestic violence or domestic abuse.
- Broken Rainbow provides
support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and
those questioning their gender identity (LGBTQ) experiencing
- Karma Nirvana is a
registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced
marriage and honour-based abuse.
- The RSPCA
Pet Retreat is an advice and pet fostering services for
families fleeing domestic abuse.
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