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Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is 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 include, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • 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 capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday 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 also includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Who you can turn to

You can find local support to suit your circumstances through the Domestic Abuse Champions Network​.
If you are a victim of sexual violence contact the East London Rape Crisis Centre for free confidential advice and support on 020 7683 1210.
LGBT victims of domestic violence can contact GALOP domestic abuse project for specialist support on 020 7704 2040.
Deaf victims of domestic violence can receive advocacy and outreach support from Deaf Hope by telephoning 020 8772 3241 or email
If you want to stop being violent and abusive to your partner contact Respect on 0808 802 4040.

Women in Prison offers advice and support to women affected by the criminal justice system. Contact 0800 953 0125 for assistance.

South Asian, Turkish, Iranian women experiencing domestic violence can contact Ashiana on 020 8539 0427 for support and advice.
Victim Support​ can offer victims of crime advice and support, help with legal remedies, assistance with housing, and benefits advice. Contact 020 8550 2410.

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