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Domestic abuse

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2. What is domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, degrading, threatening and violent behaviour including sexual violence. Domestic abuse can also include psychological and emotional abuse, financial abuse, harassment and stalking and online or digital abuse committed by a partner, former partner, family member or carer.

Whilst everyone has arguments and disagreements, if it begins to form a consistent pattern, then it is an indication of domestic violence and abuse.

Women’s Aid have developed a detailed Survivor’s Handbook which we recommend you read for further advice and information. 

You can contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 if you’re a woman experiencing domestic abuse. You can talk confidentially to someone about your situation and to find out what your options are.

If you are a man experiencing domestic abuse you can contact the Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327.

If you are in a same-sex relationship you can contact The Galop Helpline on 0800 999 5428.