Young Women's Service

• Our Young Women’s service provides support to young women to reduce their risk of harm and develop healthy relationships.

• We run a young women’s group on Tuesdays from 1-3pm covering a range of topics to support young women in  their lives.


• We also provide education within schools and other settings delivering Expect Respect Materials as part of the Teenage Relationship Abuse Campaign

 

What is Teenage Relationship abuse?

 Relationship abuse is when someone hurts or upsets someone else that they are in a relationship with. Some people think it only happens in adult relationships, but it can happen at any age. Usually, women and girls are

the victims and men and boys are the abusers but it can happen to boys as well. It can also happen in same sex relationships.

 

Relationship abuse can Include:

 

Emotional abuse

  • Constant insults and name calling
  • Isolation from your friends and family
  • Controlling what you wear/where you go
  • Checking up on you all the time (checking
  • emails, texts, social networking sites etc)
  • Making you feel responsible for the abuse

 Physical abuse

  • Hitting, punching, pushing, biting, kicking, using weapons etc

 Sexual abuse

  • Forcing you to have sex
  • Unwanted kissing or touching
  • Being made to watch pornography against your will
  • Pressure not to use contraception

 Financial abuse

  • Taking/controlling your money
  • Forcing you to buy them things
  • Forcing you to work or not to work
Warning signs

You may feel or experience some of the things in the list below, or you might

notice them in your friends:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Not doing so well at school or college
  • Argumentative
  • Fearful
  • Concerns about making your/their
  • boyfriend or girlfriend angry
  • Physical signs such as bruises
  • Use of drugs and alcohol
  • Frequent cancelling of plans
  • Changes in appearance
  • Sexual risk taking

 

What should I do?

If you are worried about your relationship:

  • Remember it is not your fault and there is support to help you.
  • Talk to friends, family and trusted adults about what is happening to you.
  • Think about safe places you know that you can go to.
  • Keep your mobile charged at all times so you can ring the police or emergency services if you need to.
  • Have a code word that will let your friends and family know if you need help.
  • Make sure you don’t go anywhere on your own.
  • If you are being harassed by calls on your mobile, try to change your phone number.
  • If you are getting emails or instant messages that are abusive, you should save them or print them for evidence to give to the police if you choose to report it. You can also change your email address.

 

If someone tells you they are in an abusive relationship:

It can be very hard to talk about abuse and it can also be hard to support

someone. Make sure you look after yourself as well as them.

 

Who can I talk to?

Find an adult you trust, it can be anyone; for example a Young Women’s Support Worker, teacher, a parent, a relative, a youth worker or a doctor.

 

Professionals know that violence and abuse in relationships is wrong and will know how to help and access support safely. If you are worried about a friend, even if they ask you not to tell anyone, it is ok to tell an adult if you are worried about their safety.

 

Where can I get help?

 

In an emergency, call police on

999 for immediate help

 

Luton All Womens Centre- RESPECT  Young Women’s Service – 01582 416 783 – www.lutonallwomenscentre.org.uk

You can call and speak to the young women’s support worker or you can book an appointment to see the young women’s support worker.

 

Child Line – 0800 1111 – www.childline.org.uk

You can speak to a counsellor either on the phone or online.

The number is free and will not come up on your phone bill.

The interactive website contains contact details and information if

you’re concerned about issues that matter to you.

 

NSPCC – 0808 800 5000

A confidential number for children and young people.

This is free on landlines and on most mobile phones.

 

National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247

This is a free 24 hour number. It is usually for over 18s but they

maybe able to help you if you are over 16.

 

Get Connected – 0808 808 4994

This is a free number for young people that gives you the support

and information you need to decide what you want to do next.


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01582 416 783  support@lawc.org.uk
Drop-in: Mon – Fri 9:30am – 12:00pm    Appointments:  Mon – Fri 12:00pm – 4:00pm
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