What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse isn't just about violent or threatening behaviour.

It can happen to anyone regardless of gender, religion, race or sexuality. It can happen in short and long term relationships. Partners, ex-partners and family members can all be involved. Domestic abuse can take many forms:

Psychological and emotional abuse

  • Making you question your worth
  • Controlling contact with friends and family
  • Making you feel like you couldn't cope on your own

Sexual abuse

  • Any sexual act where you are forced to do something you don't want to

Financial abuse

  • Controlling access to money
  • Accounting for every penny spent
  • Stopping you getting a job
  • Spending money allocated for other things

Violence, intimidation and threats

What are we doing about it?

Know the signs

Practical advice if you're in an abusive relationship

How to report it

Domestic abuse is everyone's business. If it's happening to you or someone you know please report it as soon as you can. We take all reports extremely seriously.

Please call us on 101 to report your concerns. If you think you or someone else you know are in immediate danger please call 999 immediately.

Support is available

If you are experiencing domestic abuse it is not your fault. You may feel trapped and unable to leave but there is a lot of support available whether or not you want the police to be involved.

Some organisations can find accommodation for you and your children if you need it

You may not want to get your partner into trouble because of your emotional involvement, but domestic abuse often increases in frequency and severity over time.

Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) and Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) provide you with immediate protection following an incident of domestic violence and give you time to consider what to do next.

Useful Links

See the links on this page for organisations that offer help and support

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