Female Services -EVE
We provide support services to female victims of abuse
See how we can help you below
Counselling and 1 to 1 support
With the waiting list for NHS counselling growing there is an increased need for people to receive and access these services. Individual, confidential support for women 16 and over who have been abused. Clients can self-refer or can be referred by other agencies.
This is a chance to disclose any abuse historical or present and to look at positive coping mechanisms and how the effects of abuse may have had life altering changes.
For an appointment or just to discuss any fears you may have call 01869 232369 or use the contact form. All information is treated confidentially and there is never any pressure to disclose anything that you are not comfortable with.
Women's Support Group
Tuesday's 10am - 12:30pm / Café - Chapel, Upper Heyford
Weekly meetings offering confidential support, information and strategies for positive change. Open to all women who are experiencing abuse or who have been abused in the past. Participants share feelings, concerns and fears with one another and learn about the issues and available options as well as finding yourself.
To learn more, contact the group facilitator on 01869 232461
What is Abuse?
Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally harms or injures another person.
One in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime
An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year
85% of domestic violence victims are women
Historically, females have been often victimised by someone they knew
Females who are 20-24 years of age are at the great risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence
Most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.
Types of Abuse
Psychological and Emotional Abuse
Psychological and emotional abuse includes telling someone they are worthless, saying they are mad or making them do something in an exact way.
Physical abuse includes acts like hitting, punching, scratching, biting, scalding, hair pulling and more.
Sexual abuse includes forcing someone into sexual activities against their will, using objects violently during sex, forcing someone to have sex with another person when they do not wish to.
Abused people are not weak, submissive victims. It takes huge strength to live with an abusive partner. To survive in that situation you have to be strong and resourceful, adopting all kinds of coping strategies to survive each day.
Domestic Violence often involves the use of some or all of these types of abuse.
Financial abuse includes acts like preventing someone from getting or keeping a job, denying them sufficient housekeeping or having to account for every penny spent.
Sexual abuse also can take the form of rape.
The legal definition of rape includes only slight penile penetration in the victim's outer vulva area. Complete erection and ejaculation are not necessary.
Rape is the perpetration of an act of sexual intercourse when:
will is overcome by force or fear (from threats, use of weapons, or use of drugs).
mental impairment renders the victim incapable of rational judgement.
if the victim is below the legal age established for consent.
Sexual abuse of a child refers to sexual behaviour between an adult and child or between two children, one of whom is forcefully dominant or significantly older.
Sexual behaviours can include touching breasts, genitals, and buttocks while the victim is either dressed or undressed.
Sexual abuse behaviour also includes exhibitionism, cunnilingus, fellatio, or penetration of the vagina or anus with sexual organs or objects. Pornographic photography also is a form of sexual abuse of children.