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Domestic Abuse or Violence

Are you or someone you know a victim or witness of Domestic Abuse or Violence?

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If you, or someone you know, is a victim or a witness of Domestic Abuse or Violence, PLEASE don't delay but get help. 

Too often people put up with Domestic Abuse, Coercive Behaviour or Violence for years..

Women, men and children can all be victims.  Those who witness it can be at great risk too.

We highly recommend contacting our partners at:

DAVSS - Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Service at www.davss.org.uk  for advice and practical support.

Police on 999 if you or someone you know is at immediate risk - or on 101, or by visiting a police station to ask for a confidential discussion. 

 

What is Domestic Abuse?

The government define Domestic Abuse as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive 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, financial and emotional.

Controlling behaviour:

A range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependant by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capabilities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their every day behaviour.

Coercive behaviour:

An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. (This definition includes “honour” based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group).

Honour Based Violence (Association of Police Officers (ACPO) definition):

A crime or an incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family/and or community.