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Safeguarding/Domestic Violence


The Safeguarding Leads for the Practice are Dr Peter Boyle, Caroline Moyses and Practice Nurse Lisa Mason.

Please find the link below to the new Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Children Board website which has just been launched.

Keeping children safe online

Thinkuknow is an award-winning on and offline safety programme from children and young people, professionals and parents that has been developed by the National Crime Agency's CEOP Command.

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The Safeguarding Lead for the Practice is Dr Peter Boyle.

This leaflet is aimed mainly at workers in Health or Social Care. However, if you are a member of the public, the information will still be useful if you are concerned that a vulnerable adult is experiencing abuse.

Please use this link to view the guide in pdf format:

PDF icon Alerters guide leaflet (PDF).

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence, in the majority of cases by a partner or ex-partner, but also by a family member or carer. It is very common. In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men.

Domestic abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Coercive control (a pattern of intimidation, degradation, isolation and control with the use or threat of physical or sexual violence)
  • Psychological and/or emotional abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Financial abuse
  • Harassment
  • Stalking
  • Online or digital abuse

Devon & Cornwall Police

Non emergency - 08452 777444

Emergency - 999


Victim Support - South West Regional Office

0845 056 7999


Cornwall Domestic Violence Outreach Service

01736 759 687



New REACH (Risk Evaluation and Coordination Hub) service: This is integral to the existing commissioned domestic abuse and sexual violence service pathway for Cornwall. During the initial phase of development the aim of REACH is to improve accessibility to domestic abuse services across Cornwall, providing advice, risk evaluation, support and information to all professionals working with victims of domestic abuse, victims and survivors of domestic abuse and the general public. Based in Truro, the experienced team of domestic abuse workers will:

  • Provide general information, advice and support for individuals who want to learn more about the services available or who want to support a friend or family member who is in an abusive relationship access appropriate support
  • Provide advice, short term targeted support and/or referral onto other services for people experiencing  the harmful effects of domestic abuse


REACH will go live on Monday 17 March with opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Staff can be contacted by email, telephone or through

Telephone for general public    0300 777 4 777

Email for public: 

Elderly Abuse Response Line

0808 808 8141


Honour Network Helpline

0800 5999 2478


Broken Rainbow (gay, bisexual, transgender DV helpline)

0800 5875 247




Cornwall Women's Refuge Trust (24 hour helpline)

01872 225 629


West Cornwal Women's Aid Community Services, Penzance

01736 367 543


Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Cornwall)

01208 77099




Men's Advice Line (confidential helpline for all men experiencing domestic violence)

0808 801 0327

Respect (support for men who want to stop their violent behaviour

0845 122 8609


Information for Children Linked to and Experiencing Abusive Relationships (CLEAR)

Clear is a registered charity offering a unique child centered therapeutic service based in Cornwall that can work with Children & Young People (CYP) between the ages of 3-18 years who have been traumatised by either a direct experience or witnessing sexual, psychological or emotionally abusive relationships.

Kooth (free online advice service for 11-25 year olds -

CHILDLINE - 0800 11 11 11




Your healthcare professional is obliged under law to report female genital mutilation (FGM) in a girl under the age of 18.  This is no different from any other obligation on healthcare professionals to report abuse against children.  FGM is child abuse so the healthcare professional must make a report to the Police.

If a healthcare professional finds that a girl has had FGM, they will tell you they are going to make a report and they will discuss what this means for you.  They may speak further with you depending on the circumstances.

When the Police receive this information, they will speak with the NHS and children's services professionals to determine what should be done, given the circumstances of the individual case.

Please ask questions and let your healthcare professional know if you require support or translation from an independent interpreter.

Last updated: 20/04/2017

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