South Eastern Domestic Violence Partnership

The South Eastern Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership brings together all agencies, organisations, groups and individuals working to tackle domestic and sexual violence with the purpose of developing and delivering a high quality, co-ordinated, multi-agency response.

Our Aims:

  • Improve services and support for all victims of domestic and sexual abuse
  • Further increase and develop awareness generally about domestic and sexual abuse and the measures in place to help the victims
  • Educate children and young people and the wider public that domestic and sexual abuse is unacceptable and to enable them to make informed choices
  • Hold perpetrators accountable and provide effective interventions for their behaviour

  • 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline

    The 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline provides information, emotional support and the opportunity to talk over concerns such as housing and legal options. It is a confidential service open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence and is free from all landlines and mobiles and will not be disclosed via 1471 or appear on your phone bill. Family members, friends, colleagues and other organisations can also access the service.

  • Upcoming Events and Training

    Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness Training

    Thursday 11th February (10am – 12.30pm) via ZOOM

    Domestic Violence is a serious public health issue and can have devastating consequences not only for the victim but other members of the family, including children and vulnerable adults.

    If you are working in a statutory, community or voluntary organisation you will have a vital role to play in ensuring that anyone affected by domestic violence gets the appropriate help and support.

    This free Zoom Awareness will be jointly facilitated by Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid and the South Eastern Trust Learning & Development Team. By attending the session participants will have a greater understanding/knowledge of –

    •  The prevalence of Domestic Violence
    • The types, indicators and impact of Domestic Violence
    • The barriers to seeking help
    • How to respond to Domestic Violence
    • Domestic Violence Services

    (Please note that to attend the “Domestic Violence: Impact on Children and Parenting” training you need to attend the Awareness Raising)

    Places can be booked on HRPTS – LOS or email  Julieann.Quayle@setrust.hscni.net

    Free Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising for Hairdressers and Beauticians

    Thursday 4th Feb. 6.30pm-8pm via Zoom

    Why are we offering this domestic abuse awareness raising?

    For many people who are experiencing domestic abuse, hairdressers and beauty salons are safe spaces where they’re at ease with the stylists they trust. Salon professionals are in a unique position to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse in their clients. We believe, salon professionals can become invaluable and influential community partners in reducing the impact of domestic abuse.

    Why do we need to do more about domestic abuse?

    In 2019/20 PSNI responded to 32,015 incidents of domestic abuse, this equates to one every 17 minutes. Yet we know the majority of domestic abuse goes unreported.
    With COVID-19, PSNI reported almost 2000 domestic abuse calls were made to them during the first 3 weeks of lockdown.
    Northern Ireland has the joint highest domestic homicide figures per popula-tion in Europe.

    What are we offering?

    A session aimed at enabling participants to recognise domestic abuse; know how to respond to disclosures & know where to signpost for specialist support.
    Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. Help us to raise awareness and tackle the issue of domestic abuse.

    For more information and to book please contact patricia.mcmurray@setrust.hscni.net

    LGBTQ+ and Domestic Abuse

    You are invited to a seminar of LGBTQ+ experiences around Domestic Abuse
    Via Zoom on Tuesday 2nd March 1pm – 3pm.

    The event is free and open to anyone working in the statutory, voluntary or community sectors.

    To book a place please contact Patricia.mcmurray@setrust.hscni.net

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Contact Details

South Eastern Domestic & Sexual Violence Partnership

Knocknashinna Family Centre
37 Knocknashinna Road
Downpatrick BT30 6RE

Call us(028) 4461 5208
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Call us0787 241 8966