What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening, or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It isn't just physical violence, domestic abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial, or psychological abuse.
It includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage.
Anybody can experience domestic abuse, but nobody should. If you or someone your know is experiencing domestic abuse, seek help.
Are you or someone you know at risk?
If you have been the victim of domestic abuse, or are concerned for someone who is, you can report this in the safety of your local police station. If you require a translator, one can be provided by phone or later in person.
If you would rather remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
In non-emergency cases and for general advice, please call:
You can contact the Metropolitan Police and find information, advice, and guidance by visiting their website: click here.
Refuge works with women and children against domestic violence. They have a free 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on:
0808 2000 247
Are you worried about a child? You can contact the NSPCC helpline to speak to one of their counsellors. Call:
0808 800 500
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further advice and guidance:
- National domestic abuse helpline: https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
- Getting help with domestic violence during the coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help
- Citizens Advice: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/family/gender-violence/domestic-violence-and-abuse-getting-help/