Domestic abuse service calls on Lincolnshire survivors

Lincolnshire’s Domestic Abuse Service wants to hear from survivors of domestic abuse to help shape future support services.

The survivors survey has been running on the county council’s Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse website for two years.

The survey allows service users to give feedback on the help they received and the support available to victims.

The team, which also offers advice, highlighted some ongoing abusive patterns:

  • Physical violence – such as assault
  • Psychological abuse – such as some forms of harassment
  • Sexual abuse – such as rape or indecent assault
  • Emotional abuse – harm deliberately or recklessly inflicted on another person’s emotional well being
  • Financial abuse – where one partner maintains control over the other’s money.
  • Stalking or harassment – such as following their victim, appearing at their home or workplace, repeatedly making phone calls, sending texts and emails.

Karen Shooter, County Domestic Abuse Manager for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Thanks to people that have completed the survey we have already been able to make improvements to domestic abuse services in Lincolnshire.

“We now give more training to professionals, GP’s and schools to raise awareness of domestic abuse and help people identify it from an early stage.

“We also now support the ‘Moving Forward’ group in Lincoln which helps victims recover from their traumas.

“It is very important that we continually evaluate our services so we can find new ways to support victims and tailor our services to meet their needs.

“I would encourage all survivors of domestic abuse to fill in our anonymous online survey which will help us make sure we are doing all we can to support victims.”

Anyone suffering from domestic abuse is urged to call 999 in an emergency.