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Preventing Abuse and Promoting Safety

Domestic violence

Domestic abuse is any kind of violence or other abuse between family members.  This can be violent behaviour by a husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, ex-partner, father, mother, son or daughter who lives with you or lives elsewhere.  It may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.  No-one should have to put up with any kind of violence or abuse.  Everyone has a right to personal safety.  So, if you are worried, then ask for help.

Further information can be found on the Safer Cumbria website.

Hate crime

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person's:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender orientation
  • transgender identity

This can be committed against a person or property and anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

If you feel that you are being targeted in this way, or you are a witness or just know of something happening. then you should report the incident to Cumbria Police

Doorstep safety

Some people try to trick their way into people's homes with the intention of stealing money or property. 

Staying safe around the home

Most of us feel safe in our homes, yet more accidents happen at home than anywhere else.  Please refer to Age UK's Home Safety Checker - Staying Safe Around the Home booklet for useful tips and advice.

Fire safety

Every home in Cumbria is eligible to apply for a free Home Safety Visit to help you deal with any potential fire hazards in your home.  Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service can help you design a fire plan so that you and your family will know how to react if you have a fire.  They will also fit, where applicable, a battery powered smoke alarm free of charge.  More information is available on the Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service website.