What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone and is defined 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 (ACPO definition)

It can happen in a relationship – marriage, cohabitation or just when you are dating, there are no typical victims of domestic abuse.

Our aim is to protect victims and give them the advice and support that they will need at such a traumatic time.

Violence doesn’t necessarily start at the beginning of a relationship, it can happen after many years spent with a partner.

Domestic abuse is a serious and unacceptable crime. Physical violence and assault is a criminal offence.

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