Domestic abuse is the use of power for one person to control another in a family or intimate relationship.
The abuse can take many forms; for example, physical, psychological, emotional or sexual. It can also include frightening or abusing you or your children - or damaging your property.
If you are faced with the immediate threat of violence:
- Call 999 and ask for the Police (or ask someone else to do it for you)
- Go to a safe place (not the kitchen), stay near a door and if in doubt, leave the premises
If the threat is not immediate:
- Contact the 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
- Keep a list of emergency contact numbers with you at all times
- Pack a bag containing spare keys, cash and a change of clothes and leave it with a friend you can trust
We will assist anyone suffering from domestic abuse to complete an application form for re-housing
Domestic Violence can also be experienced by men. Advice is available for men suffering from domestic abuse via the Men's Advice Line - freephone 0808 801 0327 or visit http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/