Toolkit

To help you raise awareness among your community about domestic abuse and how to spot the signs and support victims, we’ve compiled a range of free campaign materials that you can use to inform and educate people in your neighbourhood.  These resources will help people recognise the signs of domestic abuse, either as a victim themselves or as someone close to a victim, and know how to help.

RESOURCES INCLUDE

  • Leaflets and posters that you can print off and hand out at events or leave in public places such as GP surgeries or schools, for people to pick up. However, leaflets should not be put through letterboxes, just in case a perpetrator sees it and suspects the victim is seeking help or reporting their behaviour.

  • Online materials such as campaign websites, videos, GIFs and graphics that you can email to your Neighbourhood Watch group members and share on social media sites such as your Neighbourhood Watch Facebook group or Twitter feed.

  • A PowerPoint presentation based on this information pack, for you to use at a public meeting.

  • A template campaign action plan.  You don’t need to follow this to the letter, but it gives some ideas of how to use the toolkit materials in a multi-week awareness and prevention campaign.

  • A template cover letter, that you can use to introduce domestic abuse and this information pack/toolkit to your Neighbourhood Watch members, by email or as a Facebook post.

Printable resources

  • Neighbourhood Watch has produced a collection of leaflets, which you can find in the Downloads section below:
    • Domestic abuse – what it is, spotting the signs, how to help
    • How to talk to someone you suspect may be in an abusive relationship
    • Honour-based crimes
  • Women’s Aid has a selection of leaflets and posters at this webpage.
  • The government has produced a useful leaflet called Female genital mutilation: the facts.

Online resources

Websites

You can get help and advice on FGM in the UK from:

Films

  • The Government’s Forced Marriage Unit has published a film aimed at raising public awareness of the impact of forced marriage, and warning of the criminal consequences of involvement. The film is told from the perspective of a victim’s older brother, who is complicit in arranging her forced marriage but unaware of its true impact until it is too late.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has produced a short film called Right To Choose: Spotting the signs of forced marriage: Azim
  • The Home Office has also worked with a survivor of honour crimes and forced marriage who talked about her experiences to produce a film.

Quiz

iPhone app

  • Youthnet UK have created a helpful app called Stepfinder that pinpoints all the support services local to you.  You click the topic you need advice on, such as Domestic Violence or Drugs & Alcohol, and it will find your nearest service via postcode or GPS, from a list of over 2,000 support organisations complete with contact details and information. It even shows you the services around you in street-view if you flip to camera mode. And it integrates with Apple maps to give you directions to get there.  Find it on the App Store or Google Play.