Who can help?

Leeds Domestic Violence Service (LDVS)
24-hour Helpline for anyone in Leeds wanting immediate advice, support and information
0113 246 0401
www.ldvs.uk/

National Domestic Violence
24 hr freephone helpline for women
0808 2000 247
nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

National Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
Mon to Fri: 9am – 5pm
mensadviceline.org.uk

Galop
Making life safe, just and fair for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. 020 7704 2040
galop.org.uk

Children and Young People
Childline 0800 1111 and
NSPCC Helpline 0800 800 5000

Leeds Social Services
Adult Social Care – 0113 222 4401
Children’s Social Work Services –
0113 222 4403
Emergency Out of Hours – 07712106378

Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB)
leedslscb.org.uk​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Local and National Support Agencies

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Leeds Domestic Violence and Abuse
Practitioners - Safety and confidentiality

Safety Planning

A personal safety plan is a way of helping someone to protect themselves and their children.
 
It helps plan in advance for the possibility of future violence or abuse. It also helps someone to think about how they can stay safer whether they stay or leave.

You can work with the client on safety planning. Firstly, you can help them develop an emergency plan and then a plan for longer term support and recovery.

For more information, download the Safety Planning template from the Related Documents section on this page.
 
Confidentiality

Confidentiality is crucial in all cases of domestic violence as a breach can result in serious harm.  However sharing information safely and appropriately can be part of improving safety. Where there is a risk to children or vulnerable adults, safeguarding overrides confidentiality. You should try and obtain client’s consent to share information, and if you do share without consent do inform them.
 
Basic good practice when responding to domestic violence and abuse

• Listen and believe

• Discuss choices and options

• Signpost to support agencies

• Leaving a violent relationship is usually a long process. You can support this but do not judge your success by whether or not someone leaves

• Ensure you are aware of and following your agencies DV guidelines

• Assess the level of risk regularly

• Seek consent to share information
 
  
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