What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse can affect anyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, religion or ethnicity.
Womens' Aid says 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."
Abuse can include:
It can also include harassment and stalking, online or digital abuse.
How do you recognise domestic abuse?
There are many signs to look out for, here are a few. Remember experiencing any of these is not acceptable.
Is your partner...
Does your partner...
What you can do if you're a victim of domestic abuse
You’re not to blame and you’re not alone – you don’t have to suffer in silence.
Please reach out to a trusted friend, support worker, housing officer or other professional.
Professionals will be able to put you in touch with people who can support you in a safe and confidential way. There are options available that you probably don’t know even exist.
If you are in immediate danger call 999 and ask for the police.
If you can’t talk when you've dialled 999, press 55. The operator will try a number of ways to find out what's happening and put you through to the police. If you are able to say only one thing, please say your location.
What can you do if you think someone is suffering domestic abuse?
If someone confides in you or you are worried about a friend, neighbour, colleague or loved one then seek advice.
Confidential advice is available 24 hours a day by contacting:
In an emergency always call 999. You can do this without your information being passed on.
There are lots of organisations who can help...
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