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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse could be is physical, psychological, sexual or financial violence, which takes place within an intimate or family type relationship and forms a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviour. Domestic abuse also includes forced marriage and 'honour crimes'.

Domestic abusers could be either male or female and violence may take form in hetrosexual, same sex, bi-sexual or transgender relationships and can also include children.


The council's beliefs

It is our belief that every person has a right to be safe from fear of abuse. We also believe that:

  • Domestic violence is completely unacceptable and should not be tolerated
  • Violence in relationships is an abuse of power as well as likely to be a criminal offence
  • Anyone experiencing domestic violence should be supported and protected from further abuse


Agencies and advice

There are many agencies that deal with domestic violence, however, in an emergency call the Police on 999. If you want confidential help and advice at other times call:

  • Police (Ask for Victim Liaison Officer): 101
  • United Against Violence and Abuse (UAVA) 0808 80 20 028
  • Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0300 303 1844
  • Social Services: 01509 266 641
  • Victim Support: 01509 268545
  • Child Line: 0800 1111
  • NSPCC Help Line: 0800 800 500
  • Samaritans: 0345 909090
  • The Revenge Porn Helpline 0845 6000 459 
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