Get help and advice about domestic abuse
Last updated 20 December 2022
Report domestic abuse
If you, a child, or anyone in your family are at immediate risk of harm, call 999 and ask for the police. The police take domestic violence seriously and will be able to help and protect you.
If the situation is not an emergency, but you still need the police, call 101.
1. About domestic abuse
Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Different kinds of abuse can happen in different contexts. The most frequent type of domestic abuse occurs in relationships.
Domestic abuse is more than physical violence. It can also include:
- coercive control
- economic abuse
- online abuse
- verbal abuse
- emotional abuse
- sexual abuse
If you feel you’re at risk of abuse, it’s important to remember that there is help and support available to you. Guidance is also available to help perpetrators change their behaviour.
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