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Domestic Abuse

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/

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