Domestic abuse

The government definition of domestic violence and abuse is any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive (to force someone to do something) 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

For a more detailed definition of domestic violence and abuse please see the GOV.UK website.

Are you experiencing domestic abuse?

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, there is help and support available to you. This is not something you should have to endure alone.

Please see the It's never OK website and PDF file downloadwhere can I get help leaflet (PDF, 2698kb) for details of organisations that can help.

You can report an incident of domestic abuse using our online form.

Are you abusive to someone close to you?

Abuse is more than just physical violence. It also includes psychological, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.

Please see the It's never OK website for details of organisations that can help.

If you feel you are abusive to your partner or family member, are concerned about the effects on your children and wish to seek help and support, please contact Respect on 0808 802 4040.

Do you know someone who you think is being abused?

Victims of domestic abuse will often not speak to anyone, including friends, family or colleagues. If you think a family member or friend is experiencing domestic abuse please read the guidance leaflet produced by Thames Valley Police.

Please see the It's never OK website for details of organisations that can help.

Are you a professional and would like to know more?

Please visit our domestic abuse practitioners section of the website to find out more.

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