Domestic abuse

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This page contains information and advice for anyone who is a victim or knows a victim of domestic abuse.
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What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is a crime that can take many forms. We use the Home Office definition of domestic abuse: “Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, controlling or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse: psychological, physical, sexual and emotional. The most common type of domestic abuse is carried out by men against women, but other types are also common and just as serious, and we want to encourage more people suffering abuse to come forward and get help. Abuse by children against parents is becoming more common, as is forced marriages, female genital mutilation (FGM) and modern day slavery. If you are affected by domestic abused, talk to us. We have staff on hand to help.
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The barriers to reporting domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is an under-reported crime. Many victims of domestic abuse don’t talk about or report it for a number of reasons. Some of the reasons people don’t report domestic abuse are:

  • The victim may still care for their partner and hope they will eventually change their ways, most just want the abuse to end but not necessarily the relationship
  • The victim may feel that what is happening to them is their fault
  • The victim may be concerned that if they leave they will have nowhere to go or they will be found and suffer even more
  • The victim might not feel they can support themselves or their children financially  if they leave
  • The victim may feel isolated from other family or friends or be threatened if they ask anyone for help
  • The victim may have no idea where to seek help or who to speak to
  • Many victims fear the repercussions if they report domestic abuse

We can offer you advice and support to overcome these barriers.

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How can we help?

  • We will take your case seriously and prioritise you and your family
  • We will be non-judgmental and keep complete confidentiality
  • We will meet with you within 24 hours or sooner in a safe place and carry out a risk assessment. We will arrange a staff member, of the same sex as you, to talk to you.
  • We will contact other agencies who can help you and help us coordinate an action plan to remove you from the abuser
  • We will support you if you don’t wish to move from your home by giving advice on injunctions
  • We will improve the security of your home at no charge, if you want to stay

More resources

You can get more information, advice and support regarding domestic abuse from the following resources:

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