You don't need to suffer Domestic Abuse alone!

Break the Silence on Domestic Abuse
Registered Charity Number 1191438

About us


About us
Break the Silence is a Charity registered in England with the Charity Commission.

The purpose of our charity is to offer an all in one bespoke support service to help individuals access and engage in legal systems and provide the longer term structured support to help victims and survivors  re-build their confidence and self esteem. We offer services including identifying abuse, individual support and talking groups for survivors. Break the Silence's support helps individuals living in there own home including one-to-one emotional support, practical assistance, and advice around benefits or debt. We help identify risk to victims and improve safety by helping victims gain legal protection, supporting them to report to police and organise practical safety measures such as lock changes and alarms.

Break the Silence also aims to deliver a sanctuary type service or 'Making Safe' service by tackling domestic abuse directly where possible. This is done by working with victims and there family to ensure safety and assist them in remaining in there own home should they not wish to leave. This is done while attempting to change or challenge the perpetrators behaviour. This is generally done through addressing the underlying issues of power and control that exist in many abusive relationships.

One service which is proactively encouraged and a great personal wish of our founder is the ongoing support through all aspects of the abuse. From the first instance of reporting or seeking help, to the end result of living without fear or threat of violence and regaining confidence and self esteem. We make sure that support is ongoing to both partners and any children while providing emotional support and maintaining practical safety measures which may include leasing with the police or social services. Our legal partnership also offers assistance with non-molestation and occupancy orders should the need arise.

Where high risk is identified, we will liaise with the police and where necessary Wakefield's Domestic abuse co-ordinator, Social Services and other multi-agency partnerships to assess the situation using there own risk assessments and if necessary refer to MARC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference). During this we will maintain contact as per our founding principle, and safeguard the victim however possible including helping to gain safe court facilities within the specialist domestic violence courts (SDVCs). All this while making available information to perpetrators so they can access domestic abuse programmes such as the "Building better Relationships", "The freedom program for abusers" or referral to 'Respect' the national charity that provides a helpline for people who are abusive and want to change. Break the Silence also makes available general information on personality disorders, mental illness, and abusive traits through its Facebook and Instagram accounts. Our programmes and initiatives are in the early stages of development and when available will be a major part of our work with clients.

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Do you know what abuse is? What is and is not OK? Don't just assume because over many years abusers will 'groom' you into thinking these abusive behaviours are normal. They are NOT. Domestic abuse is the physical, emotional / psychological, sexual and / or financial abuse of one person by another. Abuse is often perpetrated to gain control and power over the other person often seeking to degrade, humiliate and punish the victim.

A limited number of examples are;

  • Isolating the victim from friends and family,
  • Controlling someone’s money,
  • Monitoring a persons’ movements and activities,
  • Repeatedly putting someone down, calling them names or telling them they’re worthless,
  • Threatening to harm someone or their children or pets,Threatening to publish private information about someone,
  • Falsely reporting someone to the police,
  • Damaging goods or property,
  • Forcing someone to take part in criminal activity or child abuse,
  • Physical violence,
  • Independent activities like work, classes and activities are often discouraged,
  • Sexual abuse,

Domestic abuse is common: it can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social class, race, disability or lifestyle. It happens in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. In the UK, the police recorded over 1,000,000 million incidents of domestic abuse in 2017 (Crime Survey for England and Wales, 2017) and studies have estimated that the police receive one call about domestic abuse every minute (Stanko 2000). In Yorkshire, there were around 95,000 incidents reported to the police during 2016. However, only a minority of physical incidents of domestic abuse are actually reported to the police, varying between 23% (Walby and Allen, 2004) and 35% (Home Office 2002). It can also take a long time for victims to report incidents and some studies have shown that a woman will typically experience up to 35 incidents of domestic abuse over 7 years before reporting this to the police.

Please understand our Charity is currently small and we do our best to support our clients while maintaining professional boundaries and leasing with other safeguarding services. Please consider taking our surveys which can be accessed by the programs menu above or here. This will help improve our services, speed and ability to help or safeguard the vulnerable.

For all professional enquiries please email joanna@breakthesilenceuk.org 
For funding or grants enquiries please email stephen@breakthesilenceuk.org 
For complaints please see the Contact us page for further information.


Articles


Laws tighten on Domestic Abuse and Stalking

Information relating to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

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Policies & Information


Team


Joanna

CEO

Stephen

Trustee and Volunteer

Leanne

Volunteer Support Worker

Natalie

Trustee

Contact Information


If you wish to contact us for information or support on abuse, you can use the following methods.

In order to keep costs down Break the Silence is hosted on site123's free service. This does not include a registered domain name but the domains registered are www.break-the-silence-cio.uk and www.breakthesilenceuk.org.

All our calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes.  

Break the Silence is not an Emergency service it is a charity comprising of independent domestic violence advisers and volunteers with a shared ideal of continuing support throughout. We go above and beyond the normal. 

If you are in danger please dial 999. 


Registered Charity Number 1191438

Consultations and Surveys


Consultations and Surveys
Break the Silence operates in an ever changing field. Domestic Abuse can be many things and our bespoke service is tailored and structured to each individual client or family. Feedback from our services is excellent.

We do however, fully realised we cannot fully anticipate every scenario in this ever changing world. Therefore your views are extremely important. If you have been helped by Break the Silence or just have an idea on how we can improve our services please help us identify this by completing our surveys here.

Some of our past feedback.

Confirmed Client
service has been a life changer and if anybody was in the same situation I would put them in touch with this service

Confirmed Client
Very quick efficient service would recommend anybody in the same situation good luck for the future

Confirmed Client now Volunteer (Via Facebook)
A fantastic group that reaches out to support women, men and families of domestic abuse.
From support groups for survivors of abuse to self help, individual home visits to those in need of crisis support. I have really benefited and regained my self confidence and identity which was robbed from me living in an abusive marriage for 10 years! I would highly recommend to anyone needing help.

(Via Facebook)
Extremely insightful and just feels supportive.

(Via Facebook)
​​​​It has many tools to offer us. Whether we are unsure we are in a abusive relationship to how to began to heal from being out of the abusive relationship so that we start becoming survivors.

our programs and initiatives


Emergency Relocation Program

Detailed Information on Break the Silence's emergency relocation program. What we do and how we do it.

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Our Legal and IDVA Services

Detailed information on this program(s) coming soon

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Debt Management Program

Detailed information on this program(s) coming soon

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Becoming Financially independent

Detailed information on this program(s) coming soon

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Program signup


Please note that due to COVID many group meetings may not be operating, please respect all COVID guidelines where needed. Please use this form to contact us if you are interested in any of our services.
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With the national lockdown announced again, many households will suffer from deteriorating mental health and Domestic Abuse. Many are trapped with abusers and unable to reach out for help, Break the Silence offers that help to support those in need. Everybody has the basic human right to live without fear or threat of violence in there homes no matter the reasons or conditions. Domestic abuse is common: it can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social class, race, disability, or lifestyle. It happens in both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. In the UK, the police recorded over 1,000,000 million incidents of domestic abuse in 2017 (Crime Survey for England and Wales, 2017) and studies have estimated that the police receive one call about domestic abuse every minute (Stanko 2000). In Yorkshire, there were around 95,000 incidents reported to the police during 2016. However, only a minority of physical incidents of domestic abuse are actually reported to the police, varying between 23% (Walby and Allen, 2004) and 35% (Home Office 2002). It can also take a long time for victims to report incidents and some studies have shown that a woman will typically experience up to 35 incidents of domestic abuse over 7 years before reporting this to the police.

Please consider a subscription to Break the Silence to help support our continuing efforts within the community. We are currently self funding and to date have unfortunately received no funding from any funding agencies
Thank you.

£5 a month - https://py.pl/2Hw4Rm 
£10 a month - https://py.pl/hpOeU

Supporting us helps Break the Silence to combat domestic abuse! Remember every penny helps...

• A £3 donation would see a family are supported for the entire week

• A £5.00 donation would see a family supported for the week and basic emergency essentials such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and cleaning products

• A £10 donation would see a family supported for the week some basic emergency items plus some basic essentials such as basic household items such as toilet roll, and deodorant or baby food depending on the families needs.

• A £20 donation would support our families for 2 weeks and provide 2 weeks of basic emergency supplies, clothes, and underwear.

Families fleeing domestic abuse often leave in the height of CRISIS, without anything apart from the clothes on their backs - afraid to go back, afraid to even see their abuser...

• A £40 donation would secure safe accommodation for those who are fleeing domestic abuse.

To donate please click here : https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=6KWW5RQX6VYAW 

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Direct Deposit is available on request.


To contact BTS for any other reason please email : joanna@breakthesilenceuk.org 
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Client Survey


Jan 2021 Survey on Domestic Abuse









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printable surveys and consultations


All Surveys will be discussed on an ad hoc basis throughout the year as we receive them. Recommendations will then be made to the trustees during there annual meetings on improving or changing services.


Please complete our short online survey or you can download any of the following more detailed surveys and consultations then email them to stephen@breakthesilenceuk.org or send them to the following address;


Mrs Joanna Geary

Break the Silence (1191438)

Unit 48, RCM Business Centre

Sandbeds Trading Estate

Ossett

West Yorkshire

WF5 9ND



COVID Impact Consultation V1 (Coming Soon)


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Complaints


  • Complaints
  • Please note complaints are handled by volunteers as such we aim to acknowledge your submission within 7 working days. Complaints can take upto 28 days. We will contact you if we need longer to investigate your concerns.

To make a complaint or raise any concerns please use this form. You can also email us on the above email. Our compliant's process is available for download from the information/policies section. Registered with the Charity Commission in England: 1191438

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